The philosophers of laughter: Velazquez' portraits of jesters at the court of Philip IV

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Title:
The philosophers of laughter: Velazquez' portraits of jesters at the court of Philip IV
Author:
Hansen, Julie Vinsonhaler, 1961-
Issue Date:
1990
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Previous art historical scholarship has approached the portraits of court jesters painted for the Buen Retiro Palace by Diego Velazquez between the late 1620s and 1630s as fascinating character studies that provided the artist with the opportunity to display psychological nuances and to experiment with painterly techniques that were precluded in his formal portraits of the royal family and members of the court. In addition, they have been discussed as an interesting intermingling of Northern and Southern Italian traditions of jester and dwarf imagery. This thesis will show that Velazquez was also deliberately including sophisticated references to prevailing philosophical ideas concerning inverted realities, and that these paintings, as well as their placement, provide information about the function of the jester as an instrument of opposition and comparison for the monarch at the court of Philip IV.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Fine Arts.; Art History.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Art
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Wood, Jeryldene

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe philosophers of laughter: Velazquez' portraits of jesters at the court of Philip IVen_US
dc.creatorHansen, Julie Vinsonhaler, 1961-en_US
dc.contributor.authorHansen, Julie Vinsonhaler, 1961-en_US
dc.date.issued1990en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractPrevious art historical scholarship has approached the portraits of court jesters painted for the Buen Retiro Palace by Diego Velazquez between the late 1620s and 1630s as fascinating character studies that provided the artist with the opportunity to display psychological nuances and to experiment with painterly techniques that were precluded in his formal portraits of the royal family and members of the court. In addition, they have been discussed as an interesting intermingling of Northern and Southern Italian traditions of jester and dwarf imagery. This thesis will show that Velazquez was also deliberately including sophisticated references to prevailing philosophical ideas concerning inverted realities, and that these paintings, as well as their placement, provide information about the function of the jester as an instrument of opposition and comparison for the monarch at the court of Philip IV.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectFine Arts.en_US
dc.subjectArt History.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArten_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWood, Jeryldeneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1342003en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b26475340en_US
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