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Art Inscribed: Essays on Ekphrasis in Spanish Golden Age Poetry
by Emilie L. Bergmann
Harvard University Press, 1979
Cloth: 978-0-674-04805-8
Library of Congress Classification PQ6081.B4
Dewey Decimal Classification 861.309

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Emilie Bergmann discusses the poetic tradition of ekphrasis, the description of visual works of art, from Garcilaso de la Vega to Sor Juana Inés 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 Góngora projects a Promethean image.

The remaining three essays concern the relationship between verbal and visual systems of signs: Góngora and Paravicino write inscriptions upon the work of El Greco; Lope and Góngora 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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