"Rubens, Vel?uez, and the King of Spain "

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Routledge, 5 jul. 2017 - 320 páginas
This study provides a new analysis of the pictorial ensemble of the Torre de la Parada, the hunting lodge of King Philip IV of Spain. Created in the late 1630s by a group of artists led by Peter Paul Rubens, this cycle of mythological imagery and hunting scenes was completed by Diego Vel?uez. Despite the lack of a written program, surviving works provide eloquent testimony of several basic themes that embody Neostoic ideals of self-restraint and prudent governance. While Rubens set the moral tone through his serio-comic Ovidian narratives, Vel?uez added an important grace note with his portraits of ancient philosophers, and royals and fools of the court. This study is the first to consider in depth their joint artistic contributions and shared ambition. Through analysis of individual works, the authors situate these pictorial inventions within broader intellectual currents in both Spanish Flanders and Spain, especially in the advice literature and drama presented to the Spanish king. Moreover, they point to the lasting resonance of Torre de la Parada for Vel?uez, especially within his late masterworks, Las Meninas and Las Hilanderas. Ultimately, this study illuminates the dialogical nature of this ensemble in which Rubens and Vel?uez offer a set of complementary views on subjects ranging from the nature of classical gods to the role of art as a mirror of the prince.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Through the Veils of Pleasant Fictions
13
2 Civilization and its Malcontents
25
3 In the Empire of Eros
49
4 Heroes Quests and Conquests
89
5 The Powers and Limits of Art
131
6 Fateful Figures
153
7 Enter VelázquezThe Philosophical Quartet
183
8 The Contemplative Mars
193
9 Servants and Masters
201
10 Hunts and the Closing of the Circle
225
Forms of Visual Rhetoric
245
Bibliography
273
Index
289
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