The Meaning of Theodulf's Apse Mosaic at Germigny-des-Prés

  title={The Meaning of Theodulf's Apse Mosaic at Germigny-des-Pr{\'e}s},
  author={Ann C. Freeman and P. Meyvaert},
  pages={125 - 139}
To an extent hitherto unrecognized, the work Theodulf composed in Charlemagne's name (often called the Libri Carolini but actually entitled Opus Caroli regis contra synodum) provides a key to the symbolic meaning of the mosaic he placed in the apse of the small church he erected for his personal use at his country villa in Germigny-des-Prés. Religio-political circumstances prevented Charlemagne from circulating the manifesto, but its arguments and its contents remained fresh in Theodulf's mind… Expand
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A good bibliography
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For an extensive treatment
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Die friihchristlichen und mittelalterlichen
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The first to suggest that the stripe in the center of the hand might represent a wound
  • Elle n'existait pas avant la reconstruction, comme le prouve le relev6 de la mosaique fait en 1869 par Fournier jeune." Hubert,
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Unaware that Theodulf's journey to Rome played a pivotal role in the decoration of his church at Germigny, several art historians
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Poilpre , " Le d 6 cor , " 285 , 287 Herbert Kessler agrees that several texts of the Opus Caroli appear to support such an interpretation
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