Hesiod's Theogony as source of the iconological program of Giorgione's 'Tempesta'
The Poet, Amalthea, The Infant Zeus and The Muses
2015, cm 15 x 21, iv-102 pp. con 7 ill. f.t. di cui 6 a colori. Rilegato (Hardcover).
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Giorgione’s «Tempesta» has been the most discussed enigma in the history of art, with over fifty different interpretations, based largely on ancient literary sources which were compared, not very convincingly, with very few elements of the painting. Hesiod’s "Theogony", well known in Venice when the painting was made, explains more or less all of them, animate and inanimate, for the artist translated the poet’s words literally into visual images.
Ursula and Warren Kirkendale
Ursula Kirkendale received her Ph. D. in historical musicology in Bonn and taught at four important American universities, until, in 1971, after only one semester at Columbia University, a speech impairment (ictus) terminated her teaching, but not her research, highly acclaimed internationally, on Caldara, Handel, and Bach. Her husband, Ph. D. Vienna, is professor emeritus ordinarius of music history, University of Regensburg, Accademico Filarmonico h. c. Bologna, Dr. h. c. and honorary professor of the University of Pavia. He has published books dealing inter al., with sixteenth-century art in Florence and Rome. The interdisciplinary work of both authors, residents of Rome, has centered on the «afterlife of Antiquity». (aug. 2015)