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José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec (1948- )

Artesão do verbo

The historiographical production of José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec (1948-) and his influence on my totalizing vision of History: his multidisciplinarity, method and dialogue with other areas of knowledge from Human Sciences.

Artigo em construção


O Triunfo da Morte (c.1562) de Bruegel, o Velho (c. 1525-1569)

Uma leitura sonora do espetáculo artístico macabro

Analysis of the macabre themes exposed in the famous painting The Triumph of Death (c. 1562), by Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569). My interpretive proposal is to appreciate the images from the musical suggestions that the artist represents, and that the density of the drama of existence in the face of death in this work by Bruegel can only be properly understood with the confrontation of the painting’s images with the musicality of the instruments and the sound of scenes.

Artigo em construção


O universo da Alegoria

Virtudes e Vícios na pintura barroca (séc. XVII)

Baroque artists developed a serial of emotional stimuli in their viewers. In the metaphor of The World as a Theatre Play, the traditional (and medieval) theme of Virtues against Vices has been reformulated. Concern for the salvation of the souls of Catholics was at the heart of this artistic resurrection. The aim of this work is to analyze some aesthetic expressions from the 17th century that recorded the struggle between Christian Virtues and the Vices of sin.


Ética e Estética da Música

Na filosofia de Ramon Llull (1232-1316)

Brief exposition of the importance of Music in Western aesthetic thought. Since Plato, and later, in the Middle Ages, San Isidore of Seville, Guido of Arezzo and Ramon Llull, all had thinkers who did meditations on the importance of the aesthetics of harmonic sounds for human existence. In relation to Llull, we deal with the subject from the works Doctrina pueril (c. 1274-1276), Fèlix o el Libre de meravelles (c. 1289), Arbre de Ciència (c. 1295-1296), Ars generalis ultima (c. 1305), Ars brevis (1308) and especially, the Libre de contemplació en Déu (c. 1273-1274).