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The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dream
     

The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dream

by Maria Ruvoldt
 

ISBN-10: 0521821606

ISBN-13: 9780521821605

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Maria Ruvoldt traces the development of the pictorial vocabulary of divine inspiration, examining how themes of spiritual, intellectual, and artistic transcendence were given visual form. Ruvoldt argues that the imagery of sleep, a passive experience equated with the loss of reason, offered a powerful visual sign for a Platonic model of divine inspiration. Drawing on

Overview

Maria Ruvoldt traces the development of the pictorial vocabulary of divine inspiration, examining how themes of spiritual, intellectual, and artistic transcendence were given visual form. Ruvoldt argues that the imagery of sleep, a passive experience equated with the loss of reason, offered a powerful visual sign for a Platonic model of divine inspiration. Drawing on primary sources, including handbooks of dream interpretation, the recorded dreams of artists and poets, and philosophical texts, she also considers a range of objects where sleep is visualized.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521821605
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. The sleep of reason; 2. Sleep and waking/rapture and reason; 3. Pregnant poets; 4. Sleeping beauties; 5. The Dream of Raphael; 6. The dream of Michelangelo.

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