Bernini, Ovid, and the Art of Active Reading 公开

Pedersen, Rebecca (2011)

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Bernini, Ovid, and the Art of Active Reading
By Rebecca Pedersen
Active reading occurs when the reader responds in some way to what he or she has
read-by jotting down notes in the margins of a book, perhaps, or by reading a text in search of a
certain type of information. The boundaries of the active reader's response, however, remain
undefined, and research on the history of books and on the history of reading continues to reveal
a variety of ways in which readers in the past have interacted with their books. In a departure
from the written response that often accompanies active reading, this thesis presents a model in
which sculpture is considered as an artist's visual response to his texts. Two narrative figure
groups by Gianlorenzo Bernini, the Pluto and Persephone (1621-22) and the Apollo and Daphne
(1622-25), are examined in light of their possible relation to the books in the artist's library, with
particular attention given to a few of the most accessible texts in early modern Rome, including
Cesare Ripa's Iconologia, Petrarch's Rime Sparse, and Giovanni Andrea dell'Anguillara's
translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. These literary works are explored as sources of narrative
and imagery that Bernini may have employed in the conception and execution of his
mythological sculptures.

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Table of Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………1

Chapter 1: The Intellectual Milieu…………………………………………………………….6

Chapter 2: Pluto and Persephone……………………………………………………………..12

Chapter 3: Apollo and Daphne……………………….………………………………………30

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………46

Works Cited…………………………………………………………………………………..49

List of Figures………………………………………………………………………………..53



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