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Archetypal plot and its interpretations: “Danse Macabre” in the paintings of Bernt Notke and music of Thomas Adès
Shapinskaia Ekaterina Nikolaevna

Doctor of Philosophy

deputy head of the Expert-Analytical Center for the Development of Education Systems in the Sphere of Culture at Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Dmitry Likhachov

107207, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Ural'skaya, 6, of. Uralskaya
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The subject of this research is the artistic interpretation of the archetypal plot in various historical-cultural contexts. Based on the work of the medieval painter Bernt Notke “Danse Macabre” (Dance of Death) and oeuvre of the contemporary composer Thomas Adès, the author demonstrates the despite the restrictions imposed by the cultural codes of a specific era, a creative personality finds opportunities for self-expression, as well as revelation of the new essences of the archetypal plot. The author examines the peculiarities of artistic work in various historical-cultural contexts and forms of artistic expressivity. The material of this article is introduced into the academic discourse for the first time. Special attention is given to the problem of creative work during the “post-cultural” era, which is known for depletion of the creative impulse and exhaustion of culture. It is demonstrated that the creative beginning is an anthropologically universal category, which finds opportunities to express the eternal existential problems of a man, particularly perception of death, by means of artistic language. The conclusion is made that various types of interpretation of the archetypal plot contain the creative beginning, which in turn, represents the underlying human need.  

Keywords: creativity, personality , interpretation, cultural context, archetypal plot , Middle Ages, postmodernism , music , canon, composer



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