De la liminalité a' la présence. Les coupoles milanaises, leurs décorations et la naissance du moyen ‘a’ge

Title in English From the Liminality to the Precence. The Milanese, their decoration and the birth of Middle ages


Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Etudes de lettres
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Domes; San Vittore; Sant'Aquilino; Milan; Liminality; Presence
Description The case of the Milan domes makes possible to understand how the Roman tradition was transfigured by the fifth century. If in Sant'Aquilino was still an integral part of the roman tradition, in San Vittore in Ciel d'oro everything is different. The decorations and the play of illusions are replaced by an effective austerity which wants, by unpublished formal instruments, to allow the intimate encounter between the viewer and the saint represented. This new visual canons seems to be arrived with migrants (which bring a non-mimetic aesthetic), but must also result from a fundamental change in the cultural expectations of Roman and Christian intellectuals: as Plotinus, they want to activate their "inner eye", channel that allows to live an "iconic presence".