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The Refracted MuseLiterature and Optics in Early Modern Spain$
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Enrique Garciá Santo-Tomás

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226376462

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226465876.001.0001

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(p.115) 4 Inscriptions
The Refracted Muse

Enrique García Santo-Tomás

, Vincent Barletta
University of Chicago Press

“Inscriptions” focuses on how the circulation of technical expertise between Spain and certain Italian territories facilitated the propagation of a new model of scientific endeavor in Spain that was influenced by the prestige of the Italian accademia. The section “Visible intermittence: The voyage of the secret and the creation of the virtuoso,” argues that a figure like the famous collector Juan de Espina (ca. 1563–1642) illuminates how specific forms of scientific dissemination, and in particular those stemming from the nuova scienza, succeeded in Spain. Espina was a Spanish virtuoso, whose life and deeds intrigued and fascinated many of his neighbors, and whose network of contacts went all the way up to the monarchs. The mystery and appeal of his famous house, in which he stored a Galilean telescope, resulted in a number of literary tributes by the most illustrious writers of his time, including Alonso de Castillo Solórzano (1584–1647), Anastasio Pantaleón de Ribera (1580–1629), Juan de Piña (1566–1643), and Luis Vélez de Guevara (1579–1644).

Keywords:   Juan de Espina, collecting, poetry, Alonso de Castillo Solórzano, Anastasio Pantaleón de Ribera, Juan de Piña

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