Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream

Francesco Colonna


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probably the most well-known books on the earth, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, learn by way of each Renaissance highbrow and said in reviews of paintings and tradition ever on account that, was once first released in English by means of Thames & Hudson in 1999.

it's a unusual, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance pertaining to in hugely stylized Italian the search of Poliphilo for his cherished Polia. the writer (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of doubtful popularity) was once obsessed by means of structure, panorama, and costume―it isn't really going too a ways to assert sexually obsessed―and its 174 woodcuts are a prime resource for Renaissance rules on either structures and gardens.

In 1592 an test was once made to provide an English model however the translator gave up. the duty has been triumphantly complete through Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward attraction and arcane studying in language available to the fashionable reader. 174 black-and-white illustrations

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