FERRUCCIO BOTTO

Lecturer in Christian Symbology

After gaining a BA in Art History at the University of Florence, he is studying for a master’s degree in Art History focusing on the Iconography between the 14th and the 16th century.

Fields of interest: iconography and iconology, applied arts.

Christian Iconography Program

Introduction to the Christian Iconography 1 (Symbology) & Christian Iconography 2 classes.

Since the beginning of the Christian figurative culture (3rd century AD), symbols served as media for communicating the truths underling the Sacred Scripture, the worship and the liturgical practice. Symbols can represent concepts not fully comprehensible by reason, and communicate contents in a quick and effective way. Christian art first deployed symbols on their own or in small groups, using the alphabet, objects, or plant-/animal-/human-shaped figures. Then symbols gradually became ‘linguistic’ elements of more complex iconographies.

The Christian Iconography classes aim to show the development of this matter from the Early Christian Age through the Middle Ages and the Modern Age (3rd-18th century), with mentions of more recent experiences (19th-21st century).
The Christian Iconography 1 (Symbology) class will try to define the nature of the symbol, and then provide a ‘dictionary’ of helpful samples from western art, organized by typology and then chronology.
The Christian Iconography 2 class will focus on broader issues related to depicting the narrative or iconic sacred scene.

The student will acquire or strengthen knowledge of the iconographies, so that he/she could decode their subtext within an artwork and employ them during his/her career as an artist. Moreover, the classes wish to help the students answer properly the current challenges of faith, in the wake of the Old Masters.

The teacher will give lectures showing pictures on slides, soon available for the students in pdf format.