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Artisan Mannerism

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

English architecture created by masons (rather than architects) in the period c. 1615–c.1675, and based on Mannerist pattern-books. Such craftsmen were not trained in the theory and...

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The ornate style of art and architecture which flourished in Italy in the 17th and early 18th cents., and spread throughout mainland Europe, especially in France and Spain.

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A Spanish term for ‘conceitism’, i.e. a cultivation in poetry of conceits or elaborate metaphors and paradoxical images that challenge the reader to notice...

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An Italian word for ‘conceitism’, or the cult of strikingly ingenious conceits, metaphors, paradoxes, and wit (ingegno) in both prose and verse of the early 17th century. Its most prominent...

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Étienne Jodelle

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.


French Renaissance poet and dramatist, a member (with Ronsard and others) of the famous ‘Pléiade’. His Cléopâtre captive (1552) was the first French tragedy to be...

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Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Literature.

An artificial poetic style cultivated by the major Spanish poet Góngora (Luis de Góngora y Argote, 1561–1627), especially in his Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (1613) and in his unfinished...

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The term given by later literary historians to a deliberately startling new poetic style inaugurated by the Italian poet Giovanbattista Marino (1569–1625) and his many followers, originally...

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