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Bibil Identifier bibil:213730
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Imagining Salome, or How la sauterelle Became la femme fatale
Author Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 190-209 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Images of women from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures have been read traditionally as if Christian artists created only stereotypes which vacillated between good and evil, rather than creating visual revisions reflecting changing cultural attitudes. As Salome journeyed from earliest Christian art into the High Middle Ages, she came to personify the evils of the flesh just as John symbolized the life of the Spirit. However, these ‘evils of the flesh’ were not overtly erotic or pornographic in their early presentations. In medieval art, she was depicted as a prepubescent girl dressed in a long and flowing robe; Salome contorts her body into an almost unimaginable backward bend as an element of her acrobatic ‘dance’, hence her identification by the Christian community in France as la sauterelle, or the grasshopper. High Renaissance and Baroque artists began the transition toward a visual conflation with her mother as Salome became a seductive adult female in her posture and costume, and was no longer an active dancer once dance was excised from Christian liturgy. The so-called ‘Salome craze’ of the late nineteenth century completed her transformation into la femme fatale as the dancing Salome was refashioned into the erotically-charged performer of the ‘dance of the seven veils’.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Salome
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