terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

The garden as a source of inspiration: the floriated in the Neo-Gothic motifs of AWN Pugin*

While we conduct the research on aesthetics affiliation for cataloging the textile and liturgical vestments belonging to the Venerable Historic-Artistic Collection of the Third Order of Penance of the City of São Paulo (VOTSFPCSP), we identified a few pieces in Neo-Gothic style. Given the proximity to other churches, we seek to verify the existence in other collections, such as the São Paulo Cathedral and the Venerable Third Order of Carmo (Sao Paulo). We highlight in this presentation, two pieces of VOTSFPCSP, - two chalice veils - one with similar motifs to those found in the book "Floriated ornaments: a series of thirty-one designs" by A.W.N. Pugin, published in 1849. In the introduction to his book, Pugin argued about the inspiration for creation of  the  motifs, and formulates the "principles" to be "disseminated" as a way to combat mere "imitation" of the forms of nature. In addition to the aforementioned book, our theoretical base is constituted by the work of Henry Focillon (1983) who tells us that the issues of style; Etienne Gilson (2000) in relation to art and Christianity; Marike van Roon (2010) whose study of Neo-Gothic vestments and subsidize us in comparing these pieces; E.H. Gombrich (2012) which deals with the issues of decorative art; Ian Noble & Russell Bestley (2013) about the visual search in Graphic Design.

Keywords: Neo-Gothic style, motifs and ornaments, textiles and liturgical vestments.

*Lecture given on July 2, 2015, the II International Seminar Sacred Heritage, held at the Monastery of São Bento de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. My thanks to the Venerable Third Order of St. Francis of Penance of the City of São Paulo and Venerable Third Order of Carmel for allowing the research, Prof. Dr. Marike Van Roon to help us. Original text in Portuguese.