Ut pictura poesis is a Latin phrase literally meaning “as is painting so is poetry”. The statement . Rensselaer, W. Lee (). Ut Pictura Poesis: The humanistic. Title. Ut pictura poesis: the humanistic theory of painting /‚Äč by Rensselaer W. Lee. Author. Lee, Rensselaer Wright, Published. New York ; London: W. W. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year.

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Ut pictura poesis; the humanistic theory of painting

Citing Homer, Lessing argues that, though minor violations may be acceptable, poetry should describe in a narrative manner, indicating qualities only within a narrative frame whenever possible, while painting should confine itself to one moment, not attempting a depiction of any narrative swath.

Rebecca Ferguson, in her essay “‘Quick as her Eyes, and as unfix’d as those’: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In the 18 lines on this theme alone, Horace compares the poet to a musician, a marksman, and a copyist. There is an emphasis on the reader’s eye and the imagery that contributed to audience members being able to so vividly ‘watch’ the plot of this poem unfold. Many poets of Western modernism, notably Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, adapted the Chinese style for use in their own work, frequently diminishing the role of tense and syntax in their poetry, as well as taking on a more presentational, visual emphasis.


Princeton University Press, Renaissance and Baroque scholars have used u. The Extensions of Man. The reaction against u.

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Modern invocations poesks aim at dignifying paintingand, pitura recently, at freeing it from the dominance of literature. Quoting from English translation. Lee ably shows, between the middles of the 16th and 18th centuries, u. Though Greenberg does not cite u. During this period, the simile was frequently drawn out, regularly equating along Aristotelian lines design with plot, and expression with color.

As Larrabee, Rensselaer W. From the side of the visual arts, however, 20th century criticism of u.

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Horace meant that poetry in its widest sense, “imaginative texts” merited the same careful interpretation that was, in Horace’s day, reserved for painting. Mitchell, noting among other relations the verbal experience of the icon and the visual experience of the printed word, proposes looser borders between word and imagetheir discourses, and the sister arts that represent them.

The statement often repeated occurs most famously in Horace ‘s Ars Poeticanear tu end, immediately after another famous quotation, “bonus dormitat Pichura, or ” even Homer nods ” an indication that even the most skilled poet can compose inferior verse: Views Read Edit View history.

Though of minor significance within the Ars Poetica itself, u. Butcher Mineola, New York: In this highly influential textLessing draws attention to the traditional distinction between literary and visual art: Some works will captivate you when you stand very close to them and others if you are at a greater distance.


Reynolds Roberto Kutcher W. The Horatian simile is formulated at the end of a discussion warning the poet to avoid blemishes, though some may be excusable if the work in general possesses great beauty. Lee, Ut Plesis Poesis: Mitchell trenchantly observed that “We tend to think that to compare poetry with painting is to make a metaphorwhile to differentiate poetry from painting is to state a literal truth.

Horace, then, neither defends nor notably explains the simile, only noting that different poems, like different paintings, come off best under varying conditions and kinds of scrutiny. The discourse on u. If poetry is like paintingthe medium is not the message.

The medium of poetry, then, occupied the privileged position in the relationship between ler two art forms. An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry [ citation needed ] by observing that “the first who compared painting with poetry [ Simonides of Ceos ] was a man of fine feeling,” [4] though, Lessing makes it clear, not a critic or philosopher.

William Carlos Williams, Pictures from Brueghel and other poems.

Lord Dunsany and Michael Oakley London: Here, the eminent German playwright and critic argues against the equation of method and objects of the sister arts. This pleases only once, that will give pleasure even if we go back to it ten times over. Perceptions and Judgments

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