On the use of Figurative Art as a Source for the Study of Medieval Spectacles

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The complex interrelationship between figurative art and dramatic art is one of the major questions of historiographic analysis, from the studies by Emile Male, George Kernodle, Pierre Francastel and Ludovico Zorzi, until the present days: not the scenography and the theatrical stagecraft in a narrow context, but figurative art not directly connected with theatre production.This essay proposes some innovative methodological considerations in order to trace the reasons which lie behind the need to bring together the study of theatrical performances and of iconographic evidence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-16
Number of pages13
JournalComparative Drama
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • Benozzo Gozzoli
  • Compagnia dei Magi
  • Confraternity of the kings Magi
  • Feast of the Magi
  • Festa dei Magi
  • Firenze
  • Florence
  • Iconografia teatrale
  • Passione di Valencienne
  • Sacra rappresentazione
  • Teatro
  • Theatre
  • Valenciennes Passion
  • sacred play
  • theatrical iconography


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