Prayer in stone: symbols cosmatesque in the Basilica of Santa-Maria-Maggiore in Rome

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Abstract

All the architectural elements of a medieval temple, like itself, are common symbolic space where all details represent the idea of God and face either the faithful or to the Creator himself. And in this system are not the masters of mosaic floors Cosmati alien element - in fact, it is nothing like prayer, created in stone, but the prayer of living presented in the complex language of mosaic figures of Christian imagery. In the article on the example of the Roman basilica of Santa-Maria-Maggiore are considered rich semiotic cosmatesque opportunity to express ideas and concepts of his age. Author restores the value style characters, based on the texts of the era and the reconstruction of views of the Middle Ages made by historians of art and religion.

General Information

Keywords: intercultural communication, semiotics, semantics, cosmatesque, Cosmati master, mosaic, mosaicists, masons, medieval Italy, Rome, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Christianity, Catholicism, religion, symbolism, history of art.

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2016030305

For citation: Tsykunov I.V. Prayer in stone: symbols cosmatesque in the Basilica of Santa-Maria-Maggiore in Rome [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2016. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 31–72. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2016030305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Igor V. Tsykunov, chef-editor, The magazine «Our psychology», Moscow, Russia, e-mail: artefakt@yandex.ru

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