Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy: Art and the Verdant Earth
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Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy: Art and the Verdant Earth

DR. Karen Hope Goodchild, DR. April Oettinger, DR. Leopoldine Prosperetti, Paul Barolsky (Commonwealth Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia), Susan Russell (Independent Scholar)

The green mantle of the earth! This metaphor is a poetic image that borrows from the vocabulary of weaving and epitomizes the Renaissance interest in fashioning green worlds in art and poetry. Here it serves as a motto for a cultural poetics that made representing living nature increasingly popular across Italy in the Early Modern period. The explosion of landscape art in this era is often associated with the rise of interest in the literary pastoral, narrowly defined, but this volume expands that understanding to show Green’s broad appeal as it intrigued audiences ranging from the ecclesiastic to the medical and scientific to the humanistic and courtly. The essays gathered here explore the expanding technologies and varied cultural dimensions of verzure and verdancy in the Italian Renaissance, and thus the role of visual art in shaping the poetics and expression of greenery in the arts of the 16th-century and beyond.

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