This 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 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.Read more
- Highly original approach to image-text analysis, in which Poussin's paintings are not only compared to the poetic text, but to Tasso's poetic theory
- New interpretations, featuring newly discovered literary sources, of several of Poussin's most studied paintings
- Thorough historical investigation of the dynamic literary culture of Poussin's time, and the public polemics that enlivened it
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'Jonathan Unglaub weighs in in this book with his own substantial offering on the 'links between Poussin's art and literary culture'.' Quaderni d'italianisticaSee more reviews
'Unglaub's book is a welcome addition.' Renaissance Quarterly
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- Date Published: December 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107626744
- length: 305 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.75kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. 'Ut pictura poetica' - Poussin and the poetics of Tasso
2. Poussin's Novità
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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