Cosmatesque matrix: syntax of style in Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

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Abstract

Cosmatesque style mosaic is not only the decorative ornament that has decorated medieval temples; it is the developed symbolical system, which represents religious concepts and ideas of a universe structure. Cosmatesque structure includes hierarchy of levels that is similar to phonetic, lexical and grammatical levels of language in its functions. Figures of this style can be include in composition, structurally and functionally corresponding to the sentences and texts developing in a narrative. This article to analyse Cosmatesque syntax and interpretation of concepts of craftsmen Cosmati, on the example of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The author of this article assumes that the basilica floor represents the Christological cycle made of plots of the New Testament. Nevertheless, as at that time there was a ban on images of the Scripture Christological cycle is presented by symbolical design of craftsmen Cosmati.

General Information

Keywords: intercultural communication, semiotics, semiology, Cosmatesque, craftsmen Cosmati, mosaic, bricklayers, mosaicists, Medieval Italy, Rome, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Christianity, Catholicism, religion, symbolism, the history of art.

Journal rubric: Intercultural Communication and Problems of Globalization: Psycho-, Socio- and Ethnolinguistics

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2017040109

For citation: Tsykunov I.V. Cosmatesque matrix: syntax of style in Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2017. Vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 83–94. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2017040109. (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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