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Tópicos del Seminario

On-line version ISSN 2594-0619Print version ISSN 1665-1200


COSTANTINI, Michel. The Sacred Text Doesn't Exist. Tóp. Sem [online]. 2009, n.22, pp.105-130. ISSN 2594-0619.

The hypothesis supported in this study is that in semiotics the sacred doesn't exist in itself, that there is no sacrality of the text (in the semiotic sense of the word) but only that which can be demonstrated starting from the marks which are not universal but cultural (at least in the sense of a certain level of analysis). In order to sustain the hypothesis, two examples of a possible work on marks will be considered successively: one, taken from the paintings by El Greco, tends to identify the paradigmatic function of certain elements and certain nudes in particular. The other, starting from the series of The Life of San Francisco painted by Giotto in Assisi, shows throughout the twenty eight frescos how a certain conception of the sacred is constructed sintagmatically.

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