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Conferenza ART - Jenny Ponzo - Università di Torino

Mercoledì 20 aprile 2022 ore 16:00
Pubblicato: Giovedì 14 aprile 2022 da Alessandro Giovanni Bertinetto

ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar 

Prof. Jenny Ponzo

(University of Turin)

April, 20. h 4 pm



Università di Torino, Palazzo Nuovo, Aula 14






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The accessibility of the sacred body in

Catholic art and culture

In many artworks produced in the framework of Catholic culture, the inside and the outside of the body of sacred characters are organized in a series of concentric levels, and different iconographic themes make some of the inner levels more or less visible and perceivable, according to strategies which vary through time and in relation to the represent subject. For instance, in the iconography of the Virgin of Mercy the observant actant’s gaze can penetrate underneath the sacred character’s cloak; in the case of colossuses such as the statue of Saint Charles Borromeo (Arona), the visitor can access the inside and even reach the eyes, thus metaphorically taking on the saint’s own point of view; while many martyrological themes show with strong realism the interior parts of the martyrs’ tortured bodies (e.g. the iconography of Saint Bartholomew flayed). The study of a wide range of artworks and devotional objects provides the grounds for a reflection about the main semiotic issues surrounding the strategies regulating the visibility of the sacred body in the Catholic culture, and their evolution from the Middle Ages to our days.

Jenny Ponzo is Associate Professor of Semiotics at the University of Turin (Italy). She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC StG research project “NeMoSanctI. New Models of Sanctity in Italy: A Semiotic Analysis of Norms, Causes of Saints, Hagiographies, and Narratives” (, grant agreement n. 757314). She is the Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center on Communication CIRCe, and the President of the Master’s Degree Program in Communication and Media Cultures of the University of Turin. She formerly carried out her research at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Faculty of Arts, and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany), Interfaculty Program for the Study of Religion. She is the author of three monographs, the latest of which is entitled “Religious Narratives in Italian Literature after the Second Vatican Council: a Semiotic Analysis” (De Gruyter 2019).


ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the PhD Program FINO.


Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin). 

Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin). 



Prof. Carlo Serra (University of Turin/University of Calabria)

Dr. Alberto Martinengo (University of Turin)

Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin). 

Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3). 

Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School). 

Dr. Francesca Perotto (FINO Doctoral School)

Dr. Francesca Monateri (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Dr. Leonardo Pietropaolo (Università di Torino)



ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.

ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità

Centro Studi Filosofico-religiosi "Luigi Pareyson"
Laboratorio di Ontologia (Labont)


ART is sponsored by: 
Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE) 
European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)



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