Introduction to some "mise en abyme" initials in Romanesque and Gothic Mss from England
Orario & Sede
13 janv. 2022, 17:00 – 19:00
ID: 941 306 0862
Lecturer: Adrienn Orosz
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Title: Introduction to some "mise en abyme" initials in Romanesque and Gothic Mss from England
Abstract: Initials were illustrated with various motifs including floral elements, animals, humans, and fantastic beings. Historiated initials depicted also scenes that referred to stories from the Bible, thus elevating the letter to the plane of symbols. A special type of them, however, was much more than that: they foreshowed, summarised, or referred back to different points within the story. They were used like an emblem, similar to coats of arms adorned with a group of symbols. I examine these initials in my paper, offering their definition, and outlining their structure, typology, arrangement, and development in Romanesque and Gothic manuscripts from England.