Influssi dell’India antica nell’arte dell’Occidente medievale.
Un apologo d’origine indiana nella chiesa di San Francesco
a Pozzuolo Martesana
| ARTE LOMBARDA - 2016 - 3
In the church of San Francesco at Pozzuolo Martesana, near Milan, on the left wall of the north apsidiole one can see an interesting fresco, which can be dated back to the late thirteenth century. The fresco is an unusual pictorial reworking of an apologue originated from ancient India. This apologue – which can already be found, in another version, in the great Indian epic Mahābhārata – was brought to medieval Europe thanks to the diffusion of the Legend of Barlaam and Ioasaph, into which it was merged through a complex process of textual transmission...