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12. Tangible Words: Some Reflections On The Notion Of Presence In Gothic Art

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The search for a clear and eloquent line as shape represents the possibility of incarnation as a 'creative act'. This chapter discusses some problems concerning the movement of this search as a performance, especially in gothic art and texts. The examples given turns around awareness of being and not-being by ocular proof and, analogous to notion of the Eucharist's hoc est corpus meum, to seeing and not-seeing. The chapter introduces thirteenth century Bibles Moralisées painted in the so-called Muldenfaltenstil in order to make the reader familiar with some typical phenomena of gothic art. These Bibles can be seen as visual evocation of salvation by means of a conceptual, if not rational framework, consisting of and enveloping totality of Christian faith. The chapter gives examples taken from sources in modern literature and philosophy. The author has selected them for the precise way in which they describe the Christian notion of presence.

Keywords: Bibles Moralisées; Christian faith; gothic art; hoc est corpus meum; incarnation; Muldenfaltenstil; notion of presence



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