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In: Animals as Disguised Symbols in Renaissance Art
Author: Simona Cohen
The relationship between medieval animal symbolism and the iconography of animals in the Renaissance has scarcely been studied. Filling a gap in this significant field of Renaissance culture, in general, and its art, in particular, this book demonstrates the continuity and tenacity of medieval animal interpretations and symbolism, disguised under the veil of genre, religious or mythological narrative and scientific naturalism. An extensive introduction, dealing with relevant medieval and early Renaissance sources, is followed by a series of case studies that illustrate ways in which Renaissance artists revived conventional animal imagery in unprecedented contexts, investing them with new meanings, on a social, political, ethical, religious or psychological level, often by applying exegetical methodology in creating multiple semantic and iconographic levels.

Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History, vol. 2

, Philosophy and Censorship between the Renaissance and the Counter-Reformation’ is a contribution to this topic. Terracciano shows how the Church Father was long seen as a ‘hybrid’ thinker, ‘half saint and half heretic, half theologian and half Platonic philosopher’. As a result, the question ‘Was Origen a

In: Platonism

survey of the various ways of handling the hybrid Origen – half saint and half heretic, half theologian and half Platonic philosopher – could be undertaken by analysing the ‘manuals’ that appeared in the second part of the sixteenth century. Their aim was that of ‘disinfecting’ Catholic libraries and

In: Platonism
Die Rationalisierung und Abwicklung der Mythologie an den europäischen Universitäten
Author: Bernd Roling
What kind of being did a sailor see, when he was confronted with a mermaid? A demon, a fairy, a monster, or only an extraordinary marine mammal? Transmitted by the tradition of ancient natural history the European universities faced many creatures belonging to natural science as well as to mythology, which still could be observed throughout the world. While medieval sholarship treated those beings as subjects for demonology, early modern scholars started to rationalize the sirens and satyrs and developed new models of explanation. Throughout hundreds of academical disputations the debate on hybrid creatures can be followed up to the time of Linné and Buffon and the zoological classifications of the 18th century.
This study reconstructs the discussions of hybrid creatures as part of the Early Modern change of paradigms and the longue durée of ancient and medieval natural history with the help of five examples, sirens, satyrs, giants, pygmies, and dragons.

mythic hybrids which produced a new mythical genealogy of stars, tempering the image of Hercules to the tastes and needs of the contemporary audience. As I hope to show, these formulations were part of an industrial strategy aimed at raising the cultural prestige and authority of cinema itself in the

In: The Modern Hercules
Author: Graziana Ciola

ontological distinctions regarding the nature of the entities signified by the terms—e.g., res permanentes or res successivae . The last approach is a hybrid of the previous two. 2 These approaches constitute different ways of looking at the question, and each one conceives of its subject matter

In: Vivarium
Author: Arlene Allan

is taken by a young centaur, a half-man, half-horse hybrid, named Newton. Choosing a centaur to be Hercules’ companion may have struck an informed viewer as ironic given that in Hercules’ own mythology, it was a centaur, named Nessus, who attempted to rape the hero’s wife as he ferried her across a

In: The Modern Hercules
Author: Micha Lazarus

later, and sent him his picture, ‘so that if I should die before he see me, he may see something of me after my passing’. 79 And Sturm, at last, provides a final analogue for The Scholemaster ’s hybrid genre of rhetorical instruction and memorial. Over the full sweep of their correspondence, Ascham

In: Roger Ascham and His Sixteenth-Century World