Stage and picture in the English Renaissance : the mirror up to nature

Astington, John, author

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  • Creator John H. Astington, University of Toronto
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Physical Details
    • xii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • ISBNs 9781107121430, 1107121434
  • OCLC ocn968629925


  • "This book presents a new approach to the relationship between traditional pictorial arts and the theatre in Renaissance England. Demonstrating the range of visual culture in evidence from the mid-sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century, from the grandeur of court murals to the cheap amusement of woodcut prints, John H. Astington shows how English drama drew heavily on this imagery to stimulate the imagination of the audience. He analyses the intersection of the theatrical and the visual through such topics as Shakespeare's Roman plays and the contemporary interest in Roman architecture and sculpture; the central myth of Troy and its widely recognised iconography; scriptural drama and biblical illustration; and the emblem of the theatre itself. The book demonstrates how the art that surrounded Shakespeare and his contemporaries had a profound influence on the ways in which theatre was produced and received"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-256) and index.


  • Introduction -- 1. Antique Romans -- 2. Aeneas' tale to Dido -- 3. Corn and camels -- 4. The picture of we three -- 5. Excellent morals -- 6. A Mirror for Magistrates -- 7. The theatre pictured -- 8. Conclusion
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