Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support

Dies Alcyoniae: The Invention of Bellini's Feast of the Gods

Anthony Colantuono
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 73, No. 2 (Jun., 1991), pp. 237-256
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3045792
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3045792
Page Count: 20
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Cite this Item
If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support
Dies Alcyoniae: The Invention of Bellini's Feast of the Gods
Preview not available

Abstract

Recent technical and documentary research on Giovanni Bellini's Feast of the Gods has necessitated a new strategy for the interpretation of its meaning and of its function within the camerino of Alfonso I d'Este of Ferrara. The present article seeks to develop a new interpretation of the painting that takes these discoveries into account. Most significantly, the essay considers Shearman's recent identification of Mario Equicola as the humanist who conceived the subject matter of Bellini's painting and shows that this necessitates an examination of the content of the painting in light of humanist theories of rhetorical invention and literary stylistics, Renaissance art theory and neo-Aristotelian philosophy. It is demonstrated that The Feast of the Gods embodies a natural-philosophical discourse on the Halcyon Days and the time of the winter solstice, which relates it to the themes of love and marriage that are also present in the other works that once adorned Alfonso's camerino.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
[237]
    [237]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
238
    238
  • Thumbnail: Page 
239
    239
  • Thumbnail: Page 
240
    240
  • Thumbnail: Page 
241
    241
  • Thumbnail: Page 
242
    242
  • Thumbnail: Page 
243
    243
  • Thumbnail: Page 
244
    244
  • Thumbnail: Page 
245
    245
  • Thumbnail: Page 
246
    246
  • Thumbnail: Page 
247
    247
  • Thumbnail: Page 
248
    248
  • Thumbnail: Page 
249
    249
  • Thumbnail: Page 
250
    250
  • Thumbnail: Page 
251
    251
  • Thumbnail: Page 
252
    252
  • Thumbnail: Page 
253
    253
  • Thumbnail: Page 
254
    254
  • Thumbnail: Page 
255
    255
  • Thumbnail: Page 
256
    256