The article examines two marble fragments dated, on stylistic ground, around the middle of the 12th century, and preserved in the deposits of Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at the Ca’ d’Oro (ML 202 and ML 233). The fragments are decorated with branches inhabited by two fantastic animals that can be identified with a Sphinx and a Manticore. In their literary history these creatures are often associated with Good (Sphinx) and Evil (Manticore). The presence of these animals confirms the belonging of the Ca’ d’Oro friezes to the Ravenna-Venetian culture, characterized by references to a late classical imagery enriched by Iranian-Sassanid iconography, widespread throughout the figurative production of the Mediterranean and in particular in Venice. The meaning of these animals is connected with encyclopedic treatises of the Middle Ages, in particular with Bestiaries, illustrating the eternal conflict between Good and Evil, displayed at first in ecclesiastical buildings and subsequently also in private houses with apotropaic function, as we can see on many Venetian palaces.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Titolo:||La manticora e la sfinge. echi d’oriente nei depositi della Ca’ D’Oro|
|Titolo del libro:||Aspice hunc opus mirum. Zbomik povodom sedamdesetog rodendana Kikole Jaksica. Festschrift on the occasion of Nikola Jaksic’s 70th birthday,|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||3.1 Articolo su libro|
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