A Tale Blazed Through Heaven: Imitation and Invention in the Golden Age of Spain

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byOliver J. Noble-Wood

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A Tale Blazed Through Heaven examines developments in the representation of the classical tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan in the literature and painting of the Golden Age of Spain (c.1526-1681). Anchored in close analysis of individual primary texts, the five chapters that comprise this studyassess how poets and painters breathed new life into the tale inherited from Homer, Ovid, and others, examining some of the ways in which the story of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan was disguised, developed, expanded, mocked, combined with or played off against different subjects, or otherwise modified inorder to pique the interest of successive generations of readers and viewers. Each chapter discusses what particular changes and shifts in emphasis reveal about the tale itself, specific renderings, the aims and intentions of individual poets and painters, and the wider context of the literary andvisual culture of Early Modern Spain. Discussing a range of poems by both canonical (Garcilaso de la Vega, Luis de Gongora, Lope de Vega, etc.) and less well-known writers (Juan de la Cueva, Alonso de Castillo Solorzano, Salvador Jacinto Polo de Medina, etc.), and culminating in detailed examination of select mythological works byPhilip IV's court painter, Diego Velazquez, this book sheds light on questions relating to aspects of classical reception in the Renaissance, the rise of specific poetic styles (epic, mock-epic, burlesque, etc.), the interplay between the sister arts of poetry and painting, and the continual processof imitation and invention that was one of the defining features of the Spanish Golden Age.

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A Tale Blazed Through Heaven examines developments in the representation of the classical tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan in the literature and painting of the Golden Age of Spain (c.1526-1681). Anchored in close analysis of individual primary texts, the five chapters that comprise this studyassess how poets and painters breathed new l...

Oliver Noble Wood read for his undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MSt, DPhil) degrees at St Anne's College, Oxford. After completing his doctoral studies he spent four years at the University of Nottingham, as first a postdoctoral research fellow and then lecturer in Hispanic studies. He returned to Oxford in 2010 to take up his curr...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198707355

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Mythological Sources: Classical Texts, Renaissance Contexts2. Mythological Subtexts: The Art of Allusion3. Mythological (Mock) Epics: The Stage of Honour4. Mythological Burlesques: Pimps, Prostitutes, and Pacientes5. Mythological Paintings: Velazquez and the Cult of AmbiguityConclusion