Destra e sinistra nello spazio iconico tra iconografia cristiana e antropologia

Sigrid Weigel


Proceeding from the statement that «reading» images is not at all analogous to any culturally codified lecture of written texts, Sigrid Weigel develops a crucial critic of the anthropological paradigm linked to the left-right problem in the visual arts. Focusing on various examples of painted and sculpted Annunciations, the author argues how the decline of the traditional orientation, based on the figure of God in central position, leads to a growing importance of the spectator gaze and to a new relation between iconic narration and symbolic meaning.


Image; Iconography; Laterality; Symbolic meaning; Reading

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