REFERENCES TO MEDIEVAL ART IN TWENTIETH–CENTURY INSIGNIA OF THE PRIMATE OF POLAND
Published: 25 Aug 2014
Abstract: The subject discussed is the antinomy between the conventional and modern character both in form and content of insignia of ecclesiastical authority dating from the second half of the twentieth century. This discussion concerns insignia from the collection of the Primate of Poland, and is limited to references to the history and art of the Middle Ages (including copies and travesties of prominent pre-Romanesque works, imported insignia, in which form an interpretation of the Romanesque patterns was made, as well as pastiches of Gothic works). Their symbolism traditionally derives from the Bible, and also science and history of the Church, but usually allude to contemporary religious events and even popular art.
Keywords: twentieth century, insignia, primate of poland, pectoral cross, goldsmithery
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