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Ut pictura poesis: Poetry, Painting, and Patronage in the Spanish Baroque at the Quadricentenary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Posted By Elizabeth B. Davis, Monday, May 1, 2017

This panel will consider how notions about the shared aesthetic experience of poetry and painting are exercised during the Spanish Baroque, and the extent to which the realities of patronage mediate, modify or detract from the power of the poetic word to evoke a spectacular and inspirational visual image.

 The Horatian formulation of the analogy between poetry and painting may serve as a point of entrance into larger considerations about the connections between poetry, painting and patronage in the work of poets and painters of the Spanish Baroque. The topos that poems are paintings that speak, and that paintings are poems without words, enjoyed great currency in Humanist circles during the Spanish Renaissance. It can be said, however, that even as it was a point of debate, this idea continued to influence the way that poets and painters conceived of their life’s work well into the seventeenth century. At the same time, both artists of the word and those of the brush, such as Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) and his Seville school, depended on a patronage system in which patrons and clientele had a direct effect on the kind of poems and paintings artists could produce.

Please send a 200 word abstract, a list of key words, and a brief CV (no more than 300 words) in a single Word document to Elizabeth Davis ( by Thursday 25 May 2017. See guidelines for CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page. While the RSA requests that participants make an effort to prepare papers in English, Spanish presentations will be considered (note that abstract and paper must be written in the same language).

This panel is sponsored by the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry.

Tags:  Bartolomé Esteban Murillo  painting  patronage  poetry  poetry and painting  Seville school  Spanish Baroque  ut pictura poesis 

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