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Снова о теле короля. Некоторые особенности поэтики оттоновской книжной миниатюры

The article deals with a famous representation of Otto III in apotheosis together with the monk Liuthar, responsible for the execution of the beautiful Gospels-book, donated to the Aachen Chapel ca. 996. It opens with a methodological discussion of modern approaches to medieval art, and especially the applicability of the post-medieval notion of “space”, that the author proposes to substitute for “places” and “plans”. Operating with these notions, he gives a minute description of the miniature on two opposite pages as an unseparable, meaningful unity, where places, plans, figures, gestures are full of sens. This analysis allows to review some stereotyped interpretations of the main scene, especially the “exemplary” one by Ernst Kantorowicz, who claimed it to be at the origin of the much later theory of the king’s two bodies.