Title: Baroque Self-Invention and Historical Truth: Hercules at the Crossroads
Author: Christopher Braider
Description: Ex Library book has stamp on bottom edge of text block and pocket on rear fep. Blind embossed stamp on half title page. Dust jacket has sticker on spine. Dj is in mylar cover that has been taped to book. Ex-library status is what makes this a good condition book, otherwise would be considered an NF. The pages are very clean and the binding is tight. No signs of significant wear. First edition (NAP), 2004.Studies in European Cultural Transition, Volume Twenty Three (23).
In his monumental study, Christopher Braider explores the dialectical contest between history and truth that defines the period of cultural transition called the 'baroque'. For example, Annibale Carracci's portrayal of the Stoic legend of Hercules at the Crossroads departs from earlier, more static representations that depict an emblematic demigod who has already rejected the fallen path of worldly Pleasure for the upward road of heroic Virtue. Braider argues that, in breaking with tradition in order to portray a tragic soliloquist whose dominant trait is agonized indecision, Carracci joins other baroque artists, poets and philosophers in rehearsing the historical dilemma of choice itself. Carracci's picture thus becomes a framing device that illuminates phenomena as diverse as the construction of gender in baroque painting and science, the Pauline ontology of art in Caravaggio and Rembrandt, the metaphysics of baroque soliloquy and the dismantling of Cartesian dualism in Cyrano de Bergerac and Pascal.
Jacket Condition: Good.
Place: Hants, Great Britain
Size: 6.25 x 9.5 Inches.
Pages: 201 Pages.
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