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Horror Vacui: Evil In The Incarnated World Of The Bibles Moralisées

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This chapter examines the analogical relation between good-beauty and evil-ugly. By focusing on the characteristics of horror vacui, that is, the fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces in an artistic composition, it tries to shed new light on the multiple faces of evil. Because of the significant historical discrepancy, author considers her problem a methodological one in the widest sense: an interest in, and some ability to, manipulate abstract ideas and concepts. The notion of the arts in the medieval sense of artes liberales may be helpful in order to describe this thinking process in which intellectual culture was indistinguishably intertwined with Christian religion. As a test case, the chapter focuses on a single family of objects: the so-called Bibles Moralises. The complex reality which these Bibles Moralisées represent, existing as they did both inside and outside this world, may help us to better understand their intentionality.

Keywords: Bibles Moralisées; Christian religion; devil; evil; evil-ugly; good-beauty; horror vacui; incarnated world



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