The course provides the knowledge and skills needed to approach the study of the iconography of saints in relation to the cults that developed in the West during the Middle Ages and the modern era. Il will therefore discuss the use of work tools such as specific iconographic repertoires, to the knowledge of the iconography of individual saints; the most important collections of hagiographic litterature, for the knowledge of the literary sources of cycles and images; the canonization process for the knowledge of the use and function of the images for the exercise and for the promotion of the cults.
The topics will be:
origin of the cult of saints and relics
function of the images for the exercise of worship
use of images for the promotion of the cult
iconography of martyrs and apostles
iconography of saints belonging to the monastic and mendicant orders
distinction between saints and blessed
cycles with scenes from the lives of saints proposed as exempla
images of saints commissioned for the salvation of the soul
work tools iconographer: iconographic repertoires, literary sources.
C. Frugoni, Francesco e l’invenzione delle stimmate. Una storia per parole e immagini fino a Bonaventura e Giotto, Torino 1993
M. Bacci, Investimenti per l’aldilà. Arte raccomandazione dell’anima nel medioevo, Roma 2003
lectures and practical exercises that will be conducted in the classroom and in the churches and museums of the city