Title :

Envisioning narrative : Botticelli's illustrations for Dante's Paradiso

Author :
KORMAN, Sally Rosalind ;
University :
Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The Paradiso drawings (Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett), are the most problematic and suggestive of Botticelli's illustrations for the Divine comedy. In abandoning the cinematic richness characteristic of the Inferno and Purgatorio designs, they demonstrate a movement towards attenuation of explicit narrative elements and a profound concentration on gesture. Throughout their critical history, scholars have been dissatisfied and perplexed by the perceived absences and elisions at the heart of the series. Proposes that the Paradiso drawings reflect the artist's reading of Dante on its most profound and sophisticated level, demonstrating an awareness of the text's complex psychology and sophisticated narrative techniques. The discussion concentrates initially on the drawings' material form and how they were intended to function as part of a codex. Introduces the idea that the physical processes of scanning might have contributed to the establishment of their spatial and structural dynamics. Traces patterns in the reading and interpretation of the text from Dante's time to Botticelli's, exploring the interrelation of verbal commentary and pictorial narrative. Cristoforo Landino's 1481 edition of the text, with engravings designed by Botticelli, is considered in the light of the cultural promotion of Dante, and raised as a possible influence on the later series of manuscript illustrations. Focusing again on the drawings themselves, considers them in detail as a sequence, highlighting their use of gesture in the visual narration of the text. Looks at how they utilise late 15th c. ideas about vision in a reinterpretation of Dante's mystical rhetoric. Finally, explores their constructions of space in various contemporary contexts. The discussion shows how Botticelli's faculty of 'envisioning' - reformulating the textual narrative as a series of memorable visual moments - was grounded in the visual culture of his own time. ;
Pagination/Size :
201 ; 201 p., [109] p. of pl.; ill. (some col.); typescript ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Berlin (DEU), Kupferstichkabinett ; Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), 1444/45-1510 ; Burin ; Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 ; Dessin ; Divina commedia ; Enluminure ; Estampe ; Geste ; Iconographie ; Illustration ; Italie ; Landino, Cristoforo, 1424-1492 ; Narration ; Paradiso ; Thèse ; Vue ; 1400-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Berlin (DEU), Kupferstichkabinett ; Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), 1444/45-1510 ; Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 ; Dissertations ; Divina commedia ; Drawing ; Engraving ; Gesture ; Iconography ; Illustration ; Italy ; Landino, Cristoforo, 1424-1492 ; Manuscript illumination ; Narrative ; Paradiso ; Prints ; Sight ; 1400-1600 ;
Document type :
Thèses ;
INIST identifier :
24985115 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;