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Nel segno di Polifilo

Author(s): Vanja Strukelj

Journal: Parole Rubate : Rivista Internazionale di Studi sulla Citazione
ISSN 2039-0114

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Art | Victorian

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many artists have evoked or rather “surreptitiously” quoted the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. In particular, this work has incessantly been admired for its thriving iconography, composed of the printing of the tale and its illustrations. This article aims to make a comparison between some specific cases –namely the Victorian artists Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Beardsley, and the surrealist Leonor Fini – of appropriation and reformulation of this source. Indeed, we will try to highlight the different mechanisms of appropriation, interpretation and reuse, thus showing the various meanings that the reference to “Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream” has developed in different cultural contexts.
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