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|Eheu vincit Venus: Love and Desire in 16th century Florence|
Elizabeth Cropper (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
8 juin 2006
Bronzino’s paintings of Venus present a much darker side of desire from that associated with the Petrarchan paradigm for the beloved, or with those Venetian Venuses to which Daniel Arasse dedicated his attention. This paper seeks to show that Lucretius’s association of amor with voluptas had profound meaning for the generation of Bronzino in Florence, and that Lucretian theories of the image altered artists’ understanding of the very status of the representations they were producing.
||Elizabeth Cropper (National Gallery of Art, Washington)|
Elizabeth Cropper is Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Formerly she was Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Villa Spelman at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Domenichino Affair (2005), and many studies of Florentine and Roman painting. With Charles Dempsey she is co-author of Nicolas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting.