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<i>Un Ange Passe</i> …A Conversation between Theology and Aesthetics: The Case of Jan Fabre

Yves de Maeseneer

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 374-387
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.4.374
Un Ange Passe …A Conversation between Theology and Aesthetics: The Case of Jan Fabre

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Against the background of Hans Urs von Balthasar's and Marc C. Taylor's opposite visions of art, the case of the Belgian artist Jan Fabre (1958-) opens inspiring perspectives. Of particular interest are the angels of Fabre, bizarre figures assembled out of thousands of insects, which elicit an interpretation where insectology and a metaphoric of fashion cross traditional (e.g. Aquinas) and modern (Walter Benjamin) angelogical motives—hymnology, cosmology/soteriology, and hermeneutics. As of old, the complex figure of the angel raises aesthetic and theological questions of representation and mediation, of (im)materiality, (im)mutability, and (in)finitude, that allow us to indicate marks towards a contemporary theological aesthetics.

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