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Harvard Studies in Romance Languages 35

Art Inscribed

Essays on Ekphrasis in Spanish Golden Age Poetry

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$21.00 • £16.95 • €19.00

ISBN 9780674048058

Publication Date: 01/01/1979

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Emilie Bergmann discusses the poetic tradition of ekphrasis, the description of visual works of art, from Garcilaso de la Vega to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. The first two essays give a historical perspective: Lope de Vega reflects a traditional hierarchical view of the artist in harmony with the divine creator, while the controversial Luis de Gongora projects a Promethean image.

The remaining three essays concern the relationship between verbal and visual systems of signs: Gongora and Paravicino write inscriptions upon the work of El Greco; Lope and Gongora interpret allegorical paintings, and several Baroque poets exploit the possibilities of the Petrarchan portrait. Dr. Bergmann demonstrates that ekphrasis exposes the boundaries between the arts and the limitations of artistic imitation, while using that limitation as a source for poetic wit.

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