N. 72 (2015)

Ékphrasis shakespeariane. Hermione: la vita nel capolavoro

Pubblicato giugno 22, 2015
Come citare
Leone, G. (2015). Ékphrasis shakespeariane. Hermione: la vita nel capolavoro. Il Castello Di Elsinore, (72), 43-57. https://doi.org/10.13135/2036-5624/82


Reality/appearance dichotomy can be considered one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated topoi. This paper aims at exploring this conceptual opposition analyzing the statue of Hermione presented in The Winter’s Tale. Through the ékphrastic lines uttered by Leontes, Perdita and Paulina the statue is described in detail. Yet, as a matter of fact, the sculpture “carved” by Giulio Romano is an extraordinary falsehood: a representation within the representation. In truth, the statue of Hermione is nothing but Hermione in the flesh; her body is not a lifeless objet d’art, but is a motionless shape performing as a statue. In so doing, the Queen, the original mould, pretends to represent her own image. She transforms her body into an imitation, into a false likeness. Thus, once again in the Shakespearian canon, seeming and being, deceit and truth, appearance and reality are thoroughly entwined.


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