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Figurer l’Eucharistie : l’Orpheus eucharisticus du P. Augustin Chesneau

Abstract : The devotional emblem book that Augustin Chesneau published in 1657 under the title Orpheus eucharisticus appears at first as a rather classical, taking up the Pauline tradition of the world as an enigmatic mirror or the medieval tradition of the Liber mundi. However, the author gives a new dynamic to this scheme. Since the creatures are signs of the divinity hidden in them to reveal itself, inviting their spectator to circulate internally from the vestigium to the imago and then to the imitatio, and thus perpetuating the original covenant between God and men that the Eucharist renews (this compound of matter and spirit), then the emblems, which unite materiality (the combination of text and image) and immateriality (a concept), lead to the sensitive and infinitely persuasive meditation of the Eucharistic mystery by imitation of structure. Chesneau thus redoubles at all levels of his composition the rhetorical effectiveness of the semantic and semiotic parallels of the text-image configuration in connection with the expression of the sacred: he transforms the Liber Mundi, because of the Christic wonder assigned to the represented creation, into Liber Eucharistiae; he redoubles in the same way the spiritual effectiveness of this configuration, insofar as the meditation unfolds according to a symbolic process itself sensitive, whose cognitive evidence exceeds the rational discursiveness and its possible falsifiability.
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Anne-Elisabeth Spica. Figurer l’Eucharistie : l’Orpheus eucharisticus du P. Augustin Chesneau. Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Gunter Narr Verlag, 2021, Biblio 17, XLVIII (95), pp.237-256. ⟨hal-03583146⟩



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