“Materie, cuius miratur turba decorem… Creation and creativity in the Holkham Bible”

Fricke, Beate (15 February 2019). “Materie, cuius miratur turba decorem… Creation and creativity in the Holkham Bible” (Unpublished). In: Bild-Irritationen. Freiburg. 14.-16. Februar.

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In my paper I suggest, firstly, that the ape and the composite creature are located together with the angel in the sphere beyond human visibility, a sphere that is accessible through the imagination, the vis imaginativa. This division between two spheres of perception, a divine and a human sphere will be resolved at the end of time as referred with the metaphor of the mirror which will be polished and clear again. This moment is depicted with an equally unusual illumination at the end of the Holkham Bible. Secondly, the choice of the ape with the mirror is a pictorial pun drawing on the “simia” metaphor. In written sources of the 12th-13th the metaphorical use of the ability of apes to imitate, imitativeness.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Fricke, Beate

Subjects:

700 Arts
700 Arts > 750 Painting

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Frias - Freiburg Center for Advanced Studies

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beate Fricke

Date Deposited:

19 Dec 2019 14:45

Last Modified:

19 Dec 2019 14:45

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/137159

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