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Sympathy In Eden. On Paradise With The Fall Of Man By Rubens And Brueghel

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The topical development of Erasmus?s dialogue on natural sympathy and antipathy, from Man?s Fall to individual friendship, furnishes the background and the scope of this chapter?s subject: the principle of sympathy and antipathy in the Paradise with the Fall of Man by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens. Firstly, the chapter considers the conventional symbolism of the animals represented. Secondly, it seek to develop the naturalist perspective whose importance has recently been shown by Arianne Faber Kolb for The Entry of the Animals into Noah?s Ark by looking at the painting as ?a visual catalogue of animal and birds functioning as a type of microencyclopedia?. Looking at the place the animals occupy in the painting, their disposition, as well as their interaction, i.e. their suggested convenientia, aemulatio and analogy, the chapter focuses specifically on their sympathy and antipathy and their symbolic meanings.

Keywords: animals; Jan Brueghel the Elder; natural sympathy; Paradise with the Fall of Man; Peter Paul Rubens



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