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15. Poor Building: The Case Of The Friars Minor

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This chapter examines the contrast between Francis' tomb and the little chapel in the plain of small town of Assisi on the one hand, and the wealth which surrounds them, on the other. Or what is the relation between the mental image that gave identity and cohesion to Francis and his brothers, on the one hand, and the material images that were produced by and for the Friars Minor during the first sixty years of the thirteenth century, on the other? The chapter focuses on the mental image. It deals with the building regulations of the first Friars Minor. They are considered against the background of the building regulations of other similar religious movements and tested by the factual building practice. The chapter touches on some aspects of the way Christ and Francis are portrayed. It shows that the relation between mental and material images is closer in Franciscan iconography than in Franciscan architecture.

Keywords: building regulations; Christ; Francis' tomb; Franciscan architecture; Friars Minor; material images; mental image; religious movements



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