Raphael's Poetics
Raphael's Poetics
Art and Poetry in High Renaissance Rome
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"A masterful accomplishment. Raphael’s Poetics could not have been written except by someone steeped in the Classics, in the world of Renaissance humanism and of Western aesthetics in general. The book deepened my appreciation of matters with which I was familiar and aroused it when the subject was new. I have nothing but praise.' - Michael C. J. Putnam, Brown University

David Rijser

Raphael's Poetics

Art and Poetry in High Renaissance Rome

Raphael’s Poetics applies strategies of interpretation implicit in antique poetry to the visual art of the Renaissance, concentrating on Raphael’s Roman works and their cultural context. Until recently, scholarly discussion was dominated by the application of Renaissance literary theory to visual arts, obscuring the fact that Renaissance humanists who contributed to literary theory were, in the first instance and almost without exception, poets rather than theorists. To counter the tendency towards theory, the hermeneutic rules implicit in their poetry and thus the poetry itself is brought to the fore by this study as a hermeneutical tool. By focusing on the interaction between the work of art and its public, Rijser offers innovative interpretations of canonical works and important insights into the cultural history of the early modern period. Reconstructing a visual grammar and defining the context in which Raphael’s art functioned, this study illuminates contemporary significances that have since been lost.

David Rijser

David Rijser is professor by special appointment at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen holding a chair of Classical Receptions.