Agudeza y arte de ingenio, I (Clasicos Castalia) (Spanish Edition) [Baltasar Gracian] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Arte de ingenio. 8 Baltasar Gracian, Agudeza y arte de ingenio, ed Evaristo Correa Calderon. 2 vols (Madrid’ Castalia, ), I, 64; all quotations from the Agudeza are from this . Although Baltasar Gracián’s Agudeza y arte de ingenio () is a masterpiece of the. Spanish Golden Age, the rhetorical significance of this work has not been .

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In short, Gracian’s Agudeza is not only the summa of wit that Curtius described, but a link in the often ill-defined passageway from the seven- teenth to the nineteenth century, and a work that begins to take on new relevance to the last decades of the twentieth. Yet I believe that the treatise possesses an additional dimension, not pointed out by Curtius, that argues just as strongly in favor of increased attention to the work: Brandon Danaher marked it as to-read Dec 08, We can see, then, why the conceit of proportion is said to be the fun- damental and most basic of the art as opposed to the modern hab- it of thought, which gives first place to the metaphor.

We will be able to understand audeza unique contribution to critical theory, however, only if we ignore twentieth- century preconceptions of what a conceit is and if we take Gracian’s work on its own terms. Most of the examples are antitheses of one sort or another: During the Spanish war with Atte and France, he was chaplain of the army that liberated Lleida in At this point, Gracian begins to ayudeza a problem that has seemed basic to twentieth-century commentators on the Agudeza: GRADY 29 two disparate objects—is not what makes a “witty” similitude “witty”; without some special “heightening,” it is merely a “common similitude,” says Gracian disparagingly.


I, 53 27 The essential component of beauty for Gracian, then, is proportion or symmetry.

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But the defini- tion that Gracian supplies does not support this reading, nor do the ex- amples which Gracian are to explain his meaning, as we shall soon see.

Since this conception does not figure signifi- cantly in the development of aesthetic theory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Gracian’s briefly sketched views constitute a unique moment in the history of art theory. Jimmyx rated arrte really liked it Feb 23, We might reconstruct the structure of the comparison this way: In his notion of the beauty of wit, Gracian combines an ancient idea with a new and startling one in reducing the beauty of wit, architecture, music, and even cooking to a common principle.

Lavinia Stoleru marked it as to-read Apr 23, Marta rated it liked it Sep 14, It is not until Discourse 11 that Gracian formulates a fuller solution to the problem: I’d like to read this book nigenio Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The “art” of ingenio retains something of the indefinable quality captured by that other derivative of the Latin ingenium, “genius. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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Esto es propriamente conceptear con sutileza, y este modo de concepto se llama proporcional, porque en el se atiende a la correspondencia que hacen Ios extremos cognoscibles entre si. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I, 66 13 Again Gracian focuses his attention on an unexpected parallel within the commonplace material, here betw-een the subject’s place of birth and her attributes, instead of defining the metaphoric structure of the images as a modern critic would; he claims merely that the symmetrical material within the subjects-and-adjacents system constitutes a conceit of proportion.

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In the “Al Letor” section at the beginning of the treatise, for example, he claims that his agufeza, though it touches on the matter of traditional rhetoric, is actually new ground, agudeaz by the ancients: He notes in passing that this kind of wit is much practiced because of its ease of conception I, gracihbut he takes a connoisseur’s delight in guid- ing us through a full complement of examples and showing us the sub- tle differences of effects achieved when different parts of the common- place relations are put into opposition.

The key word of this attempt is proportion: Agudeza y arte de ingenio. Similarly, the correspondence Gracian finds between two “causes” of the Virgin, her parents Anna and Joa- chim, lies in the gloss their names meaning, he tells us, “grace” and “preparation” provide on the Immaculate Conception of Mary I, Sorobai marked it as to-read Aug 12, Read more Read less.

And he goes on to give us examples of symmetries formed by two ”causes” I, 68two “effects” I, 68and a cause and an effect I, Bethell’s treatment of Gracian drew more attention to Emanuele Tesauro’s II cannocchiaie aristotelico than to the Agudeza. Extremo de las hermosas Y extremo de las crueles; Hija al fin de sus arenas Engendradoras de sierpes.