Skip to main content Aller au menu Aller à la recherche

AddToAny share buttons

Dance - Head -Blood. Staging Salome in Quattrocento and Cinquecento Painting

Filippo Lippi (1406-1469), Dancing Salome, 1452-1464, Prato, Duomo, Cappella Maggiore
Centre Chastel
Intervenant(s) :
Barbara BAERT
Durée :

Barbara Baert, professeure d'art médiéval à l'université KU Leuven, invitée au Centre Chastel par Stéphane Toussaint, intervient dans ce Regard croisé sur la mise en scène de Salomé dans la peinture du Quattrocento et du Cinquecento.

Dance - Head -Blood. Staging Salome in Quattrocento and Cinquecento Painting

The lecture revisits the iconography of the death of John the Baptist according to Mark 6:14-29. The Gospels demonstrate an intense temporal plot and a complex spatial structure with Salome as the ambivalent protagonist. The head is demanded, the head is decapitated, the head is posed on a platter, and the head is handed over on the platter. During this swift sequence of actions - cum festinatione - the text suggests convoluted situations both indoors and outdoors. Medieval and Renaissance artists translated this narrative labyrinth with consideration of the visual clarity of the story, the Pathosformel of the dramatis personae, and the moral message of the Prodromos’ martyrdom.
The lecture will discuss and compare the different visual strategies of ‘framing’ in medieval and renaissance cycles, such as contamination, overlap, inversion, corner, leverage, cut, mise-en-abîme and dripping. The exposé will also show how these pictorial solutions unfold, sustain, suppress, and emphasise symbolic archetypes regarding, among others, the female court dance, mimetic violence, and the sacrificial blood taboo. By integrating the hermeneutics of exegesis and semiotics, of anthropology and iconology, Barbara Baert aims to pay tribute to the versatility of the Humanities and the resilience of the History of Art, both celebrated so generously by the Centre-André-Chastel .