Artibus et Historiae no. 49 (XXV)

2004, ISSN 0391-9064

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MARILYN ARONBERG LAVIN - Piero della Francesca's Technique of "narrative encapsulation": eg. the Cock on the Column

Piero della Francesca expanded the evolution of continuous narrative in the fifteenth century in his cycle of the True Cross at Arezzo by adding what is called here "narrative encapsulation." This technique involves the layering of several versions of the same story within a unified composition to enrich the fabric of meaning. Three examples from his cycle are elucidated here, to show how, in their expanded form, they enhance the overall significance of the narrative.

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