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Visionary Experience in the Golden Age of Spanish Art

ISBN-10: 0948462752
ISBN-13: 9780948462757
Edition: 1995
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Description: In this original and lucid account of how Spanish painters of the 16th and 17th centuries dealt with mystic visions in their art, and of how they attempted to "represent the unrepresentable", Victor Stoichita aims to establish a theory of visionary  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

In this original and lucid account of how Spanish painters of the 16th and 17th centuries dealt with mystic visions in their art, and of how they attempted to "represent the unrepresentable", Victor Stoichita aims to establish a theory of visionary imagery in Western art in general, and one for the Spanish Counter-Reformation in particular. He reveals how the spirituality of the Counter-Reformation was characterized by a rediscovery of the role of the imagination in the exercise of faith. This had important consequences for painters such as Velazquez, Zurbaran and El Greco, leading to the development of ingenious solutions for visual depictions of mystical experience. This was to crystallize into an overtly meditative and didactic pictorial language.That Spanish painting is both cerebral and passionate is due to the particular historical forces which shaped it. Stoichita's account will be of crucial interest not just to scholars of Spanish art but to anyone interested in how art responds to ideological pressures.

Allan Eitzen has illustrated a number of books, including Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond, My Name Is Hussein by Hyristo Kyuchukov, and Up the Hill and Down: Poems for the Very Young compiled by William Jay Smith. He lives in Litiz, Pennsylvania.

Introduction
Framing the Beyond: The Quest for a Definition
Vision and Meta-language
Visions and Paintings
The Distant View
The Making of a Painting
Representations of the Mystical Eros
The Seeing BodyBy Way of a Conclusion
References
Bibliography
List of Illustrations

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