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Paul Barolsky
Paul Barolsky is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Barolsky, Paul
Barolsky, Paul
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Ovid and the Metamorphoses of Modern Art from Botticelli to Picasso
Written in the spirit of Ovid (43 B.C–A.D. 1718), this book traces the art derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the Renaissance up to the present day. The Metamorphoses has been more widely illustrated than any other book except the Bible; for centuries, great artists have drawn, painted, and sculpted its stories, the artists often responding not only to Ovid’s work but to one another’s in their depictions.  Paul Barolsky, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and literature, explores Ovid’s unparalleled influence on the visual arts, discussing works by many of the most famous artists of the past six centuries.  Broadly interdisciplinary, the new understanding of the themes of the Metamorphoses revealed here will appeal to those in the fields of Renaissance art, humanism, literature, history, and classics, among others.  Ovid and the Metamorphoses of Modern Art from Botticelli to Picasso is a meditation on what words can achieve that images cannot, and conversely what images can show that words cannot tell.
Print publication date November 2014 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300196696
EISBN 9780300238150
Illustrations 119 Illus.
Print Status in print