Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art

Quixotic Frescoes: Cervantes and Italian Renaissance Art

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Frederick A. de Armas
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2006
World Rights
344 Pages
ISBN 9781442610316
Published May 2009
ISBN 9780802090744
Published Sep 2006
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As a young man, Miguel de Cervantes left his home in Spain and travelled extensively through Italy, experiencing all that the Italian Renaissance had to offer. In his later writings, Cervantes sought to recapture his experience through literature, and literary critics have often pointed to Italian texts as models for Cervantes' writing. The art of the period, however, has seldom been examined in this context.

Focusing on Don Quixote, Frederick A. de Armas unearths links between Cervantes' text and frescoes, paintings, and sculptures by Italian artists such as Cambiaso, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. His study seeks to re-engage the critics of today by formulating the link between Cervantes and the Renaissance through an interdisciplinary dialogue that establishes a new set of models and predecessors. This dialogue is used to explore a variety of issues in Cervantes including the absence of a single guiding pictorial program, the doubling of archaeological reconstruction, and the use of ekphrasis as allusion, interpolation, and an integral component of the action. Quixotic Frescoes delves into the politics of imitation, self-censorship, religious ideology expressed through the pictorial, as well as the gendering of art as reflected in Cervantes' work. This detailed and exhaustive study is an invaluable contribution to both Hispanic and Renaissance studies.

Frederick A. de Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.

List of Illustrations
The Exhilaration of Italy
A Museum of Memorie: From Numancia to La Galatea
At School with the Ancients: Raphael
The Fourfold Way: Raphael
Textual Terribillitá: Michelangelo
The Merchants of Trebizond: Luca Cambiaso
Drawing Decorum: Titian
Dancing with Giants: Philostratus
A Mannerist Theophany/A Cruel Teichoskopia: Pontormo and Parigianino
Dulcinea and the Five Maidens: Zeuxis
Love's Architecture: Guilio Romano
The Last Enchantment: Epilogue
Works Cited
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