Medieval French and Italian Appropriation of Celtic Imagery, curated by Breanna Ponzi

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Within Medieval French and Italian iconography, how did the standard formatting become definitive of certain characteristics of the Virgin Mary, the Trinity, and Satan? To recognize iconography as indicating specific ideas and figures suggests previous exposure to it, as it is only possible to recognize what is familiar. This exhibition proposes the possibility that Christian iconography developed out of the appropriation of a familiar visual vocabulary of Celtic Gaul that was already in place and existed with certain connotations that were applicable to Christianity. Though this study offers no definitive answer concerning Christian appropriation from the Celts, assessment proves an interlinking of forms and concepts between Christian and Celtic art, as well as a historical basis that suggests reason for speculation that this phenomenon did occur.

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