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Dall’immagine all’icona

Universitat de Barcelona
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In this essay, the author enquires into the value of the image and the relationship between Petrarchan writing and the figurative arts. The basic texts are the two sonnets by Simone Martini (RVF 77 and 78) on the portrait of Laura and the sonnet «della Veronica» (RVF 16). The analysis of the texts highlights the manner in which, at the centre of Petrarchan meditation, there is a transformation from idol to icon through a process of the «spiritual visualisation» of the specific image, whose most significant example is Veronica, «true image» of the Holy Visage.

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