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Visionary Experience In The Golden Age of Spanish Art (Essays in Art & Culture)

Visionary Experience In The Golden Age of Spanish Art (Essays in Art & Culture) by Victor I. Stoichita

ISBN10: 0948462760
ISBN13: 978-0948462764
Author: Victor I. Stoichita
Book title: Visionary Experience In The Golden Age of Spanish Art (Essays in Art & Culture)
Publisher: Reaktion Books (October 10, 1995)
Language: English
Category: History & Criticism
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Pages: 208 pages

Visionary Experience In The Golden Age of Spanish Art (Essays in Art & Culture) by Victor I. Stoichita



In this 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 describes 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 Velasquez, 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.

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