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Patricia Emison

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Term used in the art theory of the Italian Renaissance for a work inspired by the myths, fables and legends related by ancient authors such as Ovid, Virgil and Apuleius. It may be contrasted with an Istoria, a picture based on a historical subject. Theorists discussed such issues as the degree of fantasy permitted, and the laxness of moral content. Poesia was used by Titian to describe a group of mythological pictures (Madrid, Prado)

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