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Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique Giancarlo Fiorenza

Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique

Giancarlo Fiorenza

Published October 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780271032047
Hardcover
238 pages
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In Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique, Giancarlo Fiorenza draws on a wealth of rarely studied primary source material to present the work of the Ferrarese court artist Dosso Dossi in a new light. The artist, who worked mainly forMoreIn Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique, Giancarlo Fiorenza draws on a wealth of rarely studied primary source material to present the work of the Ferrarese court artist Dosso Dossi in a new light. The artist, who worked mainly for Duke Alfonso I dEste of Ferrara, is celebrated for his mythological paintings that spoke to the courtly imagination. Fiorenza focuses on Dossos highly allusive and eloquent portrayal of ancient and vernacular subjects found in such well-known works as Jupiter Painting Butterflies, Myth of Pan, Enchantress, and his frescoes of Aesops fables.Dossos art challenges conventional iconographic analysis, and Fiorenza considers how the poetics governing his imagery recasts literary sources, including Ludovico Ariostos Orlando Furioso, by magnifying their most pictorial components. Perhaps more compellingly than any of his contemporaries, Dossos paintings transformed courtly ideals and princely identity into a new sensual spirit.