The Asignifying Figure: Figuring Beyond Iconography in Cosimo Tura’s paintings of St Maurelio

Kamini Vellodi

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The figure of St Maurelio, patron Saint of Ferrara, appears in several works by the 15th century Ferrarese painter Cosimo Tura. Each time he appears differently, for this figure did not belong to a canonical iconography. The paintings thus present the figure as surplus to representation and to the iconographical method of interpretation by which figure is brought into correspondence with discourse. Interweaving analysis of the peculiarities posed by Tura’s treatment of the figure, idiosyncrasies in the staging of painting as sign in the Ferrara school, and analysis of the closely entwined but distinct theories of the figure developed by Jean Francois Lyotard and Gilles Deleuze, I will provide a reading of these unusual works, and consider how some of the methodological challenges they pose to art history might be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventNew Treatments of the Figure in Literature and Visual Arts - Bucarest, Romania
Duration: 11 Nov 201612 Nov 2016

Conference

ConferenceNew Treatments of the Figure in Literature and Visual Arts
Country/TerritoryRomania
CityBucarest
Period11/11/1612/11/16

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