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

Poussin and the Poetics of Painting examines how Poussin cultivated a poetics of painting from the literary culture of his own time, and especially through his response to the work of Torquato Tasso. 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,…  See more details below

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Poussin and the Poetics of Painting examines how Poussin cultivated a poetics of painting from the literary culture of his own time, and especially through his response to the work of Torquato Tasso. 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. In the paintings after the Gerusalemme, Poussin does not merely illustrate Tasso's verse, but cultivates pictorial means to refashion the poet's metaphors of desire. The interplay of poetic and painterly imagery also animates Poussin's Ovidian masterpieces, the Echo and Narcissus and the Realm of Flora. Offering new interpretations of these 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.

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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 Tasso8
2Poussin's Novita38
3Metaphorical reflections in Echo and Narcissus and Rinaldo and Armida71
4The critique of the Gerusalemme Liberata and the visual arts108
5Poussin, Marino, and painting in the Ovidian Age133
6Poussin, Raphael, and Tasso : the poetics of pictorial narrative157
Conclusion : Poussin and the Gerusalemme Liberata : action into episode, history into myth198

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