“Creation and Creativity in the Holkham Bible. Ingenuity in Early Modern art and science”

Fricke, Beate (11 April 2019). “Creation and Creativity in the Holkham Bible. Ingenuity in Early Modern art and science” (Unpublished). In: Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science. Cambridge, UK. 11.-12. April.

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In my paper I suggest, firstly, that the ape and the composite creature are located together with the angel in the sphere beyond human visibility, a sphere that is accessible through the imagination, the vis imaginativa. This division between two spheres of perception, a divine and a human sphere will be resolved at the end of time as referred with the metaphor of the mirror which will be polished and clear again. Secondly, the choice of the ape with the mirror is a pictorial pun drawing on the “simia” metaphor, revealing the artist’s irony.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Fricke, Beate

Subjects:

700 Arts
700 Arts > 750 Painting

Funders:

[18] European Research Council

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beate Fricke

Date Deposited:

09 Jan 2020 08:59

Last Modified:

09 Jan 2020 08:59

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/137160

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