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Title :

Quando agli angeli spuntarono le ali?

Author :
PIRANI, Federica ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
Italian ;
Abstract :
On the representation of angels in Early Christian art (mural painting, sarcophagi relief sculpture, mosaics) in Italy, and on the theological debate that gave rise to the inclusion of wings. Observes that in the earliest representations (3d-4th cs.) angels are wingless and wear long robes (dalmatics), making them indistinguishable from Christ, the apostles or prophets. By the 5th c., in response to this ambiguity (and to the 'idolatrous' cult of angels) they were given wings, not merely to imply flight, but as 'manifestations of the sublimity of their nature' (according to S. John Chrysostom). Points to visual sources in Roman art (winged messengers such as Mercury, victories, etc.) for the new representations. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. (5 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Aile ; Ange ; Art ; Iconographie ; Influence ; Paléochrétien (art) ; Théologie ; 200-500 ;
Descriptors :
Angels ; Art ; Early Christian ; Iconography ; Influence ; Theology ; Wings ; 200-500 ;
Document type :
Ouvrage ;
INIST identifier :
24965611 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 8886291493 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
ITALY ;