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Poussin and the Poetics of Painting: Pictorial Narrative and the Legacy of Tasso
     

Poussin and the Poetics of Painting: Pictorial Narrative and the Legacy of Tasso

by Jonathan Unglaub
 

ISBN-10: 0521833671

ISBN-13: 9780521833677

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Torquato Tasso's poetic discourses were the most important source for Poussin's theory of painting. The poet's ideas on artistic imitation, novelty, and plot structure and unity, which are exemplified in his epic La Gerusalemme liberata, proved to be fundamental to the artist's conception of narrative painting, culminating in the Israelites Gathering Manna.

Overview

Torquato Tasso's poetic discourses were the most important source for Poussin's theory of painting. The poet's ideas on artistic imitation, novelty, and plot structure and unity, which are exemplified in his epic La Gerusalemme liberata, proved to be fundamental to the artist's conception of narrative painting, culminating in the Israelites Gathering Manna. Offering new interpretations of his works, this book also investigates Poussin's larger literary culture and how this context illuminates the artist's response to contemporary poetic texts, especially in his mythological paintings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521833677
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. 'Ut pictura poetica' - Poussin and the poetics of Tasso; 2. Poussin's Novit...; 3. Metaphorical reflections in Echo and Narcissus and Rinaldo and Armida; 4. The critique of Gerusalemme liberata and the visual arts; 5. Poussin, Marino and painting in the Ovidian Age; 6. Poussin, Raphael, and Tasso: the poetics of history painting; 7. Poussin and the Gerusalemme liberata: action into episode, history into myth.

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