The Faun in the Garden: Michelangelo and the Poetic Origins of Italian Renaissance Art / Edition 1

The Faun in the Garden: Michelangelo and the Poetic Origins of Italian Renaissance Art / Edition 1

by Paul Barolsky
     
 

Sequel to Barolsky's Vasari trilogy and pendant volume in particular to Michelangelo's Nose, this book continues the author's examination of the poetic imagination of Michelangelo's autobiography in relation to his art and poetry. With his usual brio, Barolsky suggests that Michelangelo's concerns with poetic origins are linked in subtle, diverse ways to the

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Sequel to Barolsky's Vasari trilogy and pendant volume in particular to Michelangelo's Nose, this book continues the author's examination of the poetic imagination of Michelangelo's autobiography in relation to his art and poetry. With his usual brio, Barolsky suggests that Michelangelo's concerns with poetic origins are linked in subtle, diverse ways to the meanings of Botticelli's Primavera, Signorelli's Pan, Piero di Cosimo's Prometheus pictures, Raphael's Parnassus, and Titian's Fête Champêtre. Focusing on the unexpected importance for Michelangelo of the pastoral, Barolsky illuminates the role of Ovid both in the artist's biography and in his theory and practice of art. Conceiving his book as a contribution to our understanding of poetic imagination in the age of the Renaissance, Barolsky elaborates here on his previous discussion of Renaissance biography in the tradition of Boccaccio's fables.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271013039
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1The Poetic Origins of the Artist1
2The Pastoral Origins of Art13
3The Autobiography of Poetry21
4Inventions of the Self33
5The Painted Persona of the Pastoral Poet47
6The Pastoral of Stone57
7The Poetry of the Non Finito63
8The Grotesque and the Pastoral77
9Versions of the Pastoral87
10The Myth of Michelangelo and il Magnifico99
11Art as Deception107
12The Fine Art of Lying119
13The Fabrication of a Life129
14Biography as Art139
15The Metamorphoses of Michelangelo151
16Elysian Fields161
Bibliographical Essay167
Selected Bibliography173
Index175

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