ISBN : 9780198707356
A Tale Blazed Through Heaven charts the development of representations of the mythological tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan from its origins in Classical Antiquity to its reception in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Analysing in detail a number of works of literature and art from what is now known as Spain's 'Golden Age' -- the period of Cervantes, Velazquez, Calderon, and others -- it explores some of the reasons behind the popularity of the tale amongst both canonical and less well-known writers and painters. In so doing, it sheds lights on a number of aspects of the literary and visual culture of the Early Modern period, both in Spain and, by extension, Europe as a whole.
1. Mythological Sources: Classical Texts, Renaissance Contexts
2. Mythological Subtexts: The Art of Allusion
3. Mythological (Mock) Epics: The Stage of Honour
4. Mythological Burlesques: Pimps, Prostitutes, and Pacientes
5. Mythological Paintings: Velazquez and the Cult of Ambiguity