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Life Transformed: Performative Meaning, Analogy, and the Art of Bernini's Funerary Chapel Decorations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2012 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 81, no 1, 2-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is an interpretation of three funerary chapel decorations by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the Cornaro chapel, the Fonseca chapel, and the Altieri chapel. The process of interpretation is a main lead of the study, along with the messages of the decorations. Performativity and analogy are the tools of interpretation.

Each site is a unique combination of artistic means, the bel composto that Bernini explained as the potential of each art-form to exceed its ‘rules’. Each site installs the event of death and the perspectives of after-life in a specific way. And, the interpretation proposes that the main idea concerns the bodily resurrection of the deceased, in a Jesuit frame of mind.

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2012. Vol. 81, no 1, 2-30 p.
Keyword [en]
Bernini, Interpretation, Analogy, Funeral Chapels, Baroque, Performativity
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Art History
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History Of Art
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76369DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2012.654818ISI: 000303266200002OAI: diva2:526338
Available from: 2012-05-11 Created: 2012-05-11 Last updated: 2012-10-08Bibliographically approved

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