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The Poetics of Titian's Religious Paintings

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  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2016
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827355

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  • This book examines issues of sensuality and violence in Titian's religious paintings in context of the changing religious climate of sixteenth-century Venice. Titian's literary friends struggled with the same issues of decorum in their writings. Many writers had books banned, or were tried for heresy, while others became Inquisitors. D'Elia has assembled a catalog documenting Titian's relationships with over sixty writers. She reveals that Titian, like many of the writers he knew, did not distinguish between sacred or secular subjects, instead using different decorum for paintings of different sizes, locations, or subjects. Titian painted according to the principles of genre: high subjects requiring grandiloquent rhetoric, pastoral ones humility, tragic martyrdom with violence, and the passion of the Magdalene, eroticism. Titian's decorous, but hardly restrained paintings became central models for Baroque painting, which suggests new ways to interpret the Counter Reformation and art.

    • The first book to focus on Titian's religious paintings in the context of the religious changes of his time
    • Offers new interpretation of Titian's art as a whole in relation to ideas about genre and decorum
    • Offers new documentation on Titian's friendships with the writers of his day
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827355
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 182 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.818kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2016
  • Table of Contents

    1. Christian pastoral
    2. A Christian Laocoön
    3. Christian tragedy
    4. Christian petrarchism
    5. Christian epic
    Conclusion: Titian and the decorum of genre
    Epilogue: Titian and the Counter Reformation
    Appendix: A preliminary catalogue of writers with connections to Titian.

  • Author

    Una Roman D'Elia, Queen's University, Ontario
    Una Roman D'Elia is an assistant professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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