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Des Vies de Jésus en images

Abstract : The paper by F. Jacquesson and P. Dollfus on the “Lives of Jesus” in Europe echoes in some ways previous ones about the painted “Lives of the Buddha” in the Himalaya. During centuries, such painted or sculptured “Lives of Jesus” have been a challenge for spectators, because the more famous episodes obscured the biographical side, unless you knew the story. The European Renaissance devised “integrative images” where several episodes were depicted together. On the Gates of Paradise created by Ghiberti (1425-1452) for the baptistery in Florence, the new optical perspective is used to harbor several episodes in a single panel, but in the picture (c. 1470) by Memling Scenes from the Passion of Christ, the painter uses an imaginary Jerusalem as a setting for 23 episodes. However, very much as is often the case in the Lives of the Buddha, the Life of Jesus or the Passion only, is often divided into series of squares, as in the churches of Bukovina or the chapels in the Nice hinterland, or on the iconostases of Eastern Europe and Russia. The main question remains: how do visitors “read” the stories in pictures? especially when episodes have been inverted, as it sometimes occurs! Even when the order of the scenes is strictly maintained, as in the Ways of the Cross or the Italian Monti sacri, how do the pilgrims or visitors understand the story? It seems that, however talented, the painters or sculptors are dependent on commonly received or learned commentaries, oral or written, that accompany the images—as we still do in museums
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François Jacquesson, Pascale Dollfus. Des Vies de Jésus en images. François Jacquesson et Vincent Durand-Dastès. Narrativité Comment les images racontent des histoires, Presses de l’Inalco, pp.539-581, 2022, Collection : TransAireS, 9782858314034. ⟨hal-03853907⟩



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