What was the role of images in the Western tradition? And how did they relate to the printed work? The essays in this wide-ranging collection address these questions by presenting a variety of material, including visual representations that can be read as texts and traditional book illustrations. The editors offer a critical review of visual arts and texts, encompassing thirteenth-century Spanish miniatures, Italian Renaissance painting and book illustrations, the explosion of inter-arts comparisons in the nineteenth century in the works of such diverse writers as Blake, Mallarme and D'Annunzio, and the modern debate on the visual arts.
1. A Renaissance Enigma: Piero di Cosimo's Forest Fire (Catherine Whistler); 2. Delacroix and Literature (J. J. L. Whiteley); 3. On Chess, Chests and Kingship: Two Miniatures of Alfonso X of Castile inthe Libros de acedrex, dados e tablas (1283) (Kirstin Kennedy); 4. Early Illustrations of Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata (Julian Brooks); 5. The Literalism of William Blake's Illustrations to the Divine Comedy (Antonella Braida); 6. D'Annunzio, his Illustrators and Italian Pre-Raphaelitism (Giuliana Pieri); 7. 'The art consists of hiding the art': Castiglione and Raphael (Ben Thomas); 8. 'The vantage-ground of abstraction': Charles Lamb on Reading and Viewing (Luisa Cale); 9. Graphic Revolutions: The Role of the Pictorial in Jules Valles's JacquesVingtras Trilogy (Rachael Langford); 10. Visual and Textual Synergy in Stephane Mallarme (Damian Catani); 11. Art/History between the Linguistic and Pictorial 'Turns' (Martin Gaughan).