August, Thursday 21st, 2003

You are cordially invited to attend the following informal presentation:

Iconography and Narratology in Khmer art

Vittorio Roveda

Independent researcher

The study of iconography and iconology in association with semiotics and narratology is fundamental in order to substantiate that sculptural reliefs are the most genuine documents that have survived about the Khmers from the 8th to the 14th centuries. In Khmer reliefs, the making of images (the topic of iconography) and their articulation (the topic of narratology) followed a development from simple visual compositions (heraldic lintels) to complex narrative panels (pediments and galleries / panels) that reflected the status of the evolution of Khmer culture. The maturity of iconography and the degree of narrativity of reliefs carved on lintels, pediments and panels can be used as tools for dating a culture as implements and artefacts are in conventional archaeology.

Dr Vittorio Roveda gained a first doctorate in stratigraphy and micropaleontology in the 1950s, but switched interests in the 1980s to study Asian art history. He obtained his second doctorate on the reliefs of Angkor Wat’s Corner Pavilions in 2000. He has written Khmer Mythology in 1997, a Preah Vihear guidebook in 2000, Sacred Angkor in 2002 and various papers on Khmer visual narrative.

The presentation will take place on August, Thursday 21st, at 6:30 pm in the EFEO library.

Presentation will be in English

In order to encourage scientific exchange, formally as well as informally, we are planning to follow up with other presentations by speakers working on subjects of interest to the Siem Reap scholarly community. You will be noticed by e-mail of these developments as they occur. Please do not hesitate to forward this invitation to whoever you feel would be interested.

Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) Siem Reap
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