Från heretiker till helgon. Giordano Brunos ikonografi genom fyra sekler

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Lars Berggren
Place: Åbo
Publication year: 2017
Journal: ICO Iconographisk post
Journal acronym: ICO
Issue number: 3-4
Start page: 56
End page: 83


One of the most contested and discussed figures in a number of
disciplines, such as Philosophy, Theology, History, Cosmology and a
number of others, is the Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno, burnt
at the stake in Rome in 1600. This article tries to sort out his
complicated iconography by following the series of portraits through the
centuries, identifying their relevant contexts and the functions they
were meant to fulfil, and also attempting to throw some light on the way
mental conceptions and visual representations interact in the process
of construction and re-construction of images in different historical
and ideological contexts. Nearly all these images were produced during
the nineteenth century, i.e., in the century when scholars first started
to form more precise ideas of Bruno as a historic figure, when a demand
for his visual image was created, and a number of iconographic
conventions came into existence. Apart from a few exceptional cases, the
material falls into three fairly distinct groups that correspond to
three different views, or mental images, of Bruno, each one produced in a
special context and dominating for a certain period of time.


Giordano Bruno, Monument, Philosophy, Portrait, Risorgimento, Rome

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