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Poesia [It.: ‘poem’, ‘poetry’; ‘dream, fancy’]locked

  • Patricia Emison

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Term used in the art theory of the Italian Renaissance for a work inspired by the myths, fables and legends related by ancient authors such as Ovid, Virgil and Apuleius. It may be contrasted with an Istoria, a picture based on a historical subject. Theorists discussed such issues as the degree of fantasy permitted, and the laxness of moral content. ...

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