A natural historical detail in an allegorical painting at the Prado Museum

A natural historical detail in an allegorical painting at the Prado Museum

College of Arts School of Modern Languages and Cultures Stirling Maxwell Centre
Date: Thursday 17 March 2022
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Venue: Humanity Lecture Theatre (Main Building, room 255)
Category: Conferences, Public lectures
Speaker: José Ramón Marcaida (History Institute, CSIC)
Website: www.gla.ac.uk/events/listings/index.html/event/12377
Document: Poster for event

José Ramón Marcaida explores an alternative interpretation of the late-seventeenth-century painting Air (anonymous, oil on canvas), currently at the Prado Museum, in Madrid. The painting is one of a group of four paintings, representing the four elements (Earth, Water, and Fire). The female figure is represented with attributes related to 'air' as a natural element, such as rain and thunder. However, the attribute she holds in her left hand has been the subject of debate. José Ramón Marcaida will be presenting a possible connection with emblem literature.

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