Work in Progress Seminar: 'The apparition of Isis in Anet castle after Frances Yates'

Work in Progress Seminar: 'The apparition of Isis in Anet castle after Frances Yates'
Date
25 Nov 2020, 14:00 to 25 Nov 2020, 15:30
Type
Seminar
Venue
ONLINE
Description

Luisa Capodieci (Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellow): '"A dress the colour of weather". The apparition of Isis in Anet castle after Frances Yates'

In her famous book The French Academies of the Sixteenth Century (The Warburg Institute, 1947), Frances Yates dedicated some pages to the Fables des fleuves et fontaines of Pontus de Tyard, the most esoterical of Pléiade poets. This little treatise, inspired by Pseudo-Plutarch De fluviis and Philostratus Imagines, is linked to Anet, the castle of Henri II favourite, Diane de Poitiers. Scholars are still discussing the nature of Tyard’s Fables. Were they an ekhprasis or a pictorial program? For Frances Yates, the answer is hidden in the last fable in which Isis appears as a double of Diane de Poiters. The goddess is wearing a strange dress which has gone virtually unnoticed in studies on Anet. In order to sketch some hypothesis on the Egyptian afterlife in one of the most astonishing castles of the French Renaissance, we shall try to lift the “veil of Isis”.

The Work in Progress seminar explores the variety of subjects studied and researched at the Warburg Institute. Papers are given by invited international scholars, research fellows studying at the Institute, and third-year PhD students. 

FREE VIA ZOOM. Please book by 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 November to be sent a link to the session.


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