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The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance

The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance

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  • Date Published: December 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521653244

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  • Focusing on paintings by Giorgione, Titian, Parmigianino, and Raphael, Jodi Cranston explores the significance of the formal inventions that address the presence of the beholder, particularly the introduction of a range of poses and self-reflexive gestures, and how such a visual dialogue with the beholder encourages the viewer to perceive the portrait as open and responsive, rather than as a fixed commemoration of the past. Cranston also analyzes the term 'portrait' as it is used in contemporary literature, which describes a resemblance of minds and affections between the sitter and the viewer derived from encounters, such as speaker and listener, lover and beloved, and self and other. Bringing together a wide range of literary and visual sources and applying methods derived from literary theory and structural analysis, this study demonstrates how sixteenth-century portraits extend contemporary efforts to perceive and receive painting as a kind of poetry.

    • Offers new interpretations of well-known Renaissance paintings
    • Offers a methodology for considering the genre of portraiture as a whole, i.e. not time-specific
    • Offers analysis of hitherto unstudied poetry
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521653244
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 184 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    1. Dialogue with the beholder
    2. 'Familiar colloquium': the recollection and presence of portraits
    3. Designing the self
    Titian's 'Nonautographic' self-portraits
    4. 'L'effetto che fa lo specchio'
    5. The speaking tomb.

  • Author

    Jodi Cranston, Boston University

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