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Neo-Latin and the Visual Arts in Italy

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Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ When Horace wrote his famous simile, ‘ut pictura poesis’, he was not addressing the visual arts, but clarifying the criteria for judging epic poetry. Although known in the Middle Ages,1 it was not until the Neo-Latin critics of …

Ekphrasis (and Art)

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Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ Ekphrasis was an important element of Neo-Latin literature which found its roots in ancient traditions that were gradually revived over the course of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centurie…

Epigrams and Epitaphs (on Art and Artists)

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Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ Epigrams and epitaphs on art and artists form a small but significant subcategory within these poetic genres of Neo-Latin literature. Epigrams on works of art originate in Hellenistic Greece, and whi…

Pliny (on Art)

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Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis historia, a Roman encyclopaedic text of the first century bce, was the most important reference on the subject of natural history during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was als…