Giambattista Tiepolo and the Rhetoric of the Altarpiece
Why has Tiepolo’s religious art often been misunderstood? How can the abbreviation and absence of key symbols in the images be explained and why is this rhetoric of absence so utterly modern? Deliberately concentrating on what is not painted, rather than what is in the picture, the book deals with Tiepolo’s lacunism as an eighteenth-century phenomenon anticipating modernity. It discusses four different forms of rhetoric: iconic, narrative, silent, and visionary. Each discourse calibrates the images within their contemporary religious and philosophical context, which promote this type of rhetoric as highly innovative.
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Sacred Eloquence 338 Appendix 3 ASV, Sant’Alvise, B. 42 (Proc.IV., pages 4, 5, and 6) “Riassunto” 1725, 10 dicembre Similmente dal nobilhomo ser Flaminio Corner la detta chiesa col- la sudetta approvazione delle Sacre Reliquie, porzione del capo de Santi Valente, Prudenzio, e venerande Madri estratte dal cemeterio di Santa Ciriaca 1719, 4 Giugno da Monsignor Agostino vescovo di Targia, consegnate al padre Girolamo Trevisano sacerdote Mi- nor Osservante, e tradotte in dono al predetto Nobilhuomo do- nante.
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