Tropes of Revelation in Raphael's Transfiguration *

  title={Tropes of Revelation in Raphael's Transfiguration *},
  author={Jodi Cranston},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1 - 25}
  • J. Cranston
  • Published 22 March 2003
  • Art
  • Renaissance Quarterly
Abstract The development of the contrapposto pose in Renaissance art depends, as is well known, on ancient discussions of the rhetorical figure of antithesis. Such philological associations, however, have drawn attention to the pose as a motif of style, notable only for its gracefulness of form. This essay considers how the turning pose in Raphael's work, rather than merely referring to the rhetorical figure of antithesis, evokes the thematic and structural significance of the trope. The… 

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