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By Sergei Daniel

Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain was once neither an excellent guy nor a lofty spirit like Poussin. His genius can't, besides the fact that, be denied and he used to be, like Poussin, a profoundly unique inventor in the boundaries of a classical excellent. He too spent so much of his lifestyles in Rome although the artwork he created was once no longer particularly Italian, yet French. For greater than centuries afterwards everybody in France who felt referred to as upon to depict the beauties of nature may think about Lorrain and research his works, no matter if or not it's Joseph Vernet within the eighteenth century or Corot within the 19th. outdoors France it was once a similar; Lorrain used to be nowhere extra popular than in England. there's a component of poser within the vocation of this humble and nearly illiterate peasant whose wisdom of French and Italian used to be both negative, and who used to inscribe on his drawings notes in a wierd damaged Franco-Italian. This secret is ultimately symbolic of that with which he imbued his photos, le mystère dans l. a. lumière. This admirable landscapist drew from inside of himself the best variety of amazing photos, within which all is attractiveness, poetry and fact. He occasionally made up of nature drawings so appealing that a number of were attributed to Poussin, yet in his work his mind's eye dominates, becoming in value as he realised his genius. He understood by means of hearing Poussin and staring at him paint kind of highbrow historical past will be a useful addition to his personal mind's eye, visions, desires and reveries.

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The Colosseum c. qxp 07/12/2011 9:55 AM Page 32 The idea of the close intercourse between and especially the essential homogeneity of the arts was central to the aesthetic doctrine of the period. In 1642, a treatise by Baltasar Gracian, one of the leading theoreticians of the Spanish Baroque, was published. This work, reprinted in 1648 under the title Agudeza y arte de ingenio (The Art of Quick Wit), was innovatory, giving a new direction to aesthetic thought by shifting its focus from Aristotle’s Logic and Poetics to his Rhetoric.

Does that imply that myth was no longer perceived as myth in the proper sense of the word, but only as a body of material previously built up in the collective consciousness and liable to free creative interpretation? At any rate, it is an indisputable fact that 17th-century artists exercised considerable freedom in the treatment of mythological sources. Seaport with the Rising Sun c. qxp 06/12/2011 11:15 AM Page 46 Moreover, the “mythology explosion” in Baroque art may have been prompted by a desire to employ the synthesising potential of myth in a rational way.

The rhetorical orientation of art and aesthetics in the 17th century is closely bound up with a phenomenon aptly described in more recent literature on the subject as a “mythology explosion”. qxp 06/12/2011 3:12 PM Page 40 after holding undisputed sway for several millennia. And precisely at this crucial point, in a seemingly unfavourable historical and cultural situation, the mythological theme suddenly burst into flower, with an unprecedented growth in its repertory of themes and with an infinite wealth of forms and interpretations.

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