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

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. The Collected Essays and Criticism. 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.

Les mots et les couleurs ne sont choses pareilles Ni les yeux ne sont les oreilles. The statement often repeated occurs most famously in Horace ‘s Ars Poeticanear the end, immediately after another famous quotation, “bonus dormitat Homerus”, or ” even Homer nods ” an indication that even the most skilled poet can compose inferior verse: University of Chicago Press, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Platothrough his own thought process on credible knowledge, found painting and writing to be unreliable sources of understanding so disregarded the whole concept entirely.


One likes the shadow, another will want to be seen In broad daylight, and has not fear of the critic With all his shrewd insight. Views Read Edit View history. If poetry is like paintingthe medium is not the message. Horace, Horace, then, neither defends nor notably explains the simile, only noting that different le, like different paintings, come off best under varying conditions and kinds of scrutiny.

This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat Retrieved from ” https: Moving on from Plato’s time to the Renaissance, the argument sprung up of which form was superior.

The discourse on u. Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: He recommends that poetry and painting should not be confused, and that they are best practiced and appreciated “as two equitable and friendly neighbors.

One gives pleasure But once only; pictuga will always ppictura pleasure, Though people ask for it back ten times over. Lord Dunsany and Michael Oakley London: As Larrabee, Rensselaer W. Here, the eminent German playwright and critic argues against the equation of method and objects of the sister arts.

It was decided, at this time, painting took precedence because sight was higher ranking to people than hearing was. The Humanistic Theory of Painting. In this highly influential textLessing draws attention to the traditional distinction between literary and visual art: Some works will captivate you when you stand lef close to them and others if you are at a greater distance.

Princeton University Press, Lee, Ut Pictura Poesis: In general, ancient suggestions of u.

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Duke University Press, Much like Horace, then, Aristotle here establishes literature as an art form comparable to paintingin this case in its objects, capabilities, and limitations in imitation.


Lee ably shows, between the middles of the 16th and 18th centuries, u. From the side of the visual arts, however, 20th century criticism of u. Ferguson [7] There ;oesis an emphasis picura the reader’s eye and the imagery that contributed to audience members being able to so vividly ‘watch’ the plot of this poem unfold.

Pcitura the beginning of the Ars PoeticaHorace maintains a conceit linking the demands of taste exerted on the two art formsbut goes no further in grounding the relationship ll. Some centuries before Simonides of Keos c. Mitchell have also renewed u. 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.

Rebecca Ferguson, in her essay “‘Quick as her Eyes, and as unfix’d as those’: Sydney Studies in English. Mitchell each point out, the past and present centrality and currency of u.

Ferguson explains an aspect of how Pope was painting a character and a plot: 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. Through positing the comparability of the extrinsic method, content, and effect of media, u.