Christian belief, private devotion, liturgical practices, and every-day life were dominated by images – were they mental, aural, textual, visual, and tangible. Composed in the early sixth century, probably in Constantinople, but also reflecting the influence of Syrian ecclesiastical and monastic milieu, the collection of texts transmitted under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite, reveals an attitude to embrace mystically (i.e. with closed eyes), believe in, and visualize the unknowable God, His Incarnated Son, and human mother Mary which will shape Christian imagery in the following centuries. The legacy of Pseudo-Dionysius, believed to be an Athenian convert of Saint Paul (Acts, 17:34) and therefore considered an apostolic auctoritas, has never been systematically investigated under the perspective of his contribution to the development of the Christian visual culture. International scholars in history, art history, Byzantine and Latin philology, theology, history of philosophy, and history of the Church have been invited to contribute on various issues that have never been specifically tackled before: • whether Dionysius’ hierarchical vision of the celestial and terrestrial realms could be considered a consequence of a wider late antique mentality and not simply a development of the Neoplatonic legacy. In Late Antiquity both political and ecclesiastical life were dominated by a well-organised hierarchical system, and the arts tendentially organised a hierarchical display of elements suggesting an ordered status of the terrestrial and celestial realm, while at the same time subverting the classical, naturalistic reproduction of the visible. In fact, hierarchy and order, light and harmony, equalled beauty. • the immense importance of Dionysian thought for the development of “visual thinking” – a way of memorizing, organizing, and delivering information that affected theological and philosophical writing, preaching, and the production of visual arts. • the relation of the Dionysian philosophical system to the materiality and visualization of the world. • the developments of Dionysian aesthetic terminology between Neoplatonism and Christianity. • how Dionysian concepts were adopted in the controversy over the two wills of Christ in the seventh century (Monothelitism), and a century later in the controversy over the cult sacred images (Iconoclasm); how they affected the conception and perception of mental, textual, aural, and physical images; how they shaped once and for all Christian imagination. These questions will be dealt with across the papers collected, offering to the novice as well to the experienced scholar of the early medieval West and Byzantium interdisciplinary, thought-stimulating perspectives on the roots of Christian culture.
|Titolo:||Pseudo-Dionysius and Christian Visual Culture, c.500–900. New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture, eds. F. Dell'Acqua, E.S. Mainoldi|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||3.1 Monografia,Trattato scientifico|