Motus mixti et compositi: The Portrayal of Mixed and Compound Emotions in the Visual and Literary Arts of Europe, 1500–1700


The book consists of two volumes that examine deployments of mixed emotion in the literary and pictorial arts of early modern Europe. Volume 1 has two parts, the first focusing on portrayals of mixed emotion in theatre, poetry, and prose, the second on forms and functions of mixed emotion in spiritual exercises centering on pictorial images, and on heuristic and/or restorative functions of portraying mixed emotion. Volume 2 takes the form of a monograph on the myth of Hercules and Omphale/Iole, which, following in the wake of Lukas Cranach’s brilliant pictorial inventions of the 1530s, became a popular epitome for the skilful display of mixed emotions, not just in Germany but also Italy and elsewhere.

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Walter Melion is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, where he directed the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry between 2017 and 2023. He is the author of three monographs and a critical edition of Karel van Mander’s Foundation of the Noble, Free Art of Painting, co-author of two exhibition catalogues, editor or co-editor of twenty volumes, and has published more than one hundred articles.

Karl Enenkel is professor of Medieval-and Neo-Latin literature at the University of Münster. He has published five monographs and some hundred and fourty articles, and edited more than fourty collective volumes. Recently, he has finished a critical commented edition of Erasmus' Apophthegmata, books V-VIII, to appear in ASD published by Brill.
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