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Emblems at the Golden Age Theater

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The presence of emblems and hieroglyphics is abundant in all the literature of the Golden Age, especially given the inclination of the humanists to this genre. The relationship between images and words and vice versa is constant, and, as G. Ledda writes, "codes feed each other, the stimuli are continuous, words and images influence each other".The theater allows certain modes of emblematic presence, a phenomenon that is less possible in other, more purely literary codes. Theater is the only genre in which symbolic appearances, beyond textual references, can be adjusted on the stage. That means that the playwright can work with the position of actors, their movements, staging, and costumes. In the encomium of Don Fernando, Arlaxa calls him "Atlas of Spain". This happens to be a very topical assimilation of the image of the giant Atlas holding the sky over his shoulders.

Keywords: Arlaxa; emblems; encomium of Don Fernando; G. Ledda; giant Atlas; Golden Age Theater; humanists

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