Volume 63, Issue 2, December 2023

Roberta Franchi
Pages 527-544

Dal simbolismo della rosa alle reliquie
per un approccio all’estetica cristiana tardoantica

Christians of the fourth and fifth centuries adopted Late Antique aesthetics, characterized by brilliance, dazzle and colors, to create a new form of imagination, where the corpses of the martyrs and their physical remains became shining bodies. Relics became a spiritual body, whose μετάληψις often produced roses or violets. Therefore there was a strict association in Late Antique Christianity among roses, relics and the colour red.