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Celestinesque Website: CelestinaVisual.org

mainlogoDespite it having been on-line since long, I absolutely had forgotten to write a few words on this interesting on-line project launched and directed by Enrique Fernández Rivera (University of Manitoba), to which this blog has contributed some of its visual resources. Born with a similar purpose as, for example, the projects Banco de imágenes del Quijote: 1605-1905 or Iconografía del Quijote, and probably as a direct consecuence of the Biblioteca de obra: La Celestina of the Biblioteca Vitual Miguel de Cervantes virtually having been abandoned, CelestinaVisual.org aims to gather together as many on-line visual resources on Celestina as possible, including woodcuts, engravings and illustrations of ancient and modern editions of the text, but also depictions of celestinesque motifs in visual arts, generally speaking. This includes any form of painting, but also sculpture, stage adaptations and an interesting section on varia, in which coasters alternate with lottery tickets or high-school stop-motion animations.

The site, developed with Omeka, has a quite intuitive interface and, although its design could be improved with time and technical support, for an almost personal enterprise it is more than enough. Actually, I feel only the high amount of unnecesary intermediate steps to access certain collections could be criticised but, from my own experience with other content managements systems, I suspect this is related to how Omeka displays certain information by default. Other questionable aspect would be the lack of source attribution, not only because most images already were available on-line, the main contribution of CelestinaVisual.org being making all of them accessible -and searchable- in one place, but because users wanting to use the images with commercial purposes and, therefore, obliged to ask for the corresponding permissions do not know whom to address. Finally, CelestinaVisual.org being conceived as a mere repository, it lacks image, comparison and annotation/commentary tools, which, in any case, most users will not miss.

Due to the limited extent of its collections and its strictly informative character, CelestinaVisual.org is obviously better as a teaching resource than a research tool, however, it could become more useful with some private and institutional support. Individuals contributing their own images or pointing to some already existent ones would be of great help, however, the greatest boost this project should come from libraries (and museums) digitising and making freely available more content. In any case, it is an excellent initiative and I personally invite everyone to use it and keep it updated and alive.

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My resources collection. Xylographies: Celestina (German), Sigismund Grymm and Max Wirsung, Augsburg (1520).

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Friday, 31st May 2013 · 13:03

My resources collection. Xylographies: Celestina (Italian), [Venice], Giovanni Antonio and Pietro de Nicolini da Sabio (1541).

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Friday, 31st May 2013 · 10:27

My resources collection: Title pages of Alphonso Hordognez’s translation of Celestina into Italian.

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Thursday, 30th May 2013 · 23:44

My resources collection. Xylographies: Celestina (Italian), Venice, Cesare Arrivabene (1519).

The copy kept in Biblioteca Nacional de España (R/1434) shows a different xylography in acts IV (fol. d8r), V (fol. f2r), X (fol. k2r) and XV (fol. n6r). It portrays four women, three young ladies and an old one, in the same setting as xylographies 2 and 3 (background with archs). The following image belongs to the 1535 edition by Pietro de Nicolini da Sabio (fol. 81r), where this xylography appears in acts IV (fol. 29r), X (fol. 64v), XIII (fol. 81r) and XVIII (fol. 97v).

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Thursday, 30th May 2013 · 21:14

My resources collection: Title pages of Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea.

Missing editions (if you would like to contribute to reduce this list, please contact me):

  •     Toledo, Pedro Hagenbach, 1502 (but 1510-1514)
  •     Valencia, Juan Joffré, 1518
  •     Roma, Antonio de Salamanca, 1502 (but 1520)
  •     Sevilla, Jacobo y Juan Cromberger, 1525
  •     Sevilla, Jacobo y Juan Cromberger, 1528
  •     Valencia, Juan Viñao, 1529
  •     Sevilla, Juan Cromberger, 1535
  •     Venecia, Stefano da Sabio, 1536
  •     Amberes, Guillaume Montano, 1539
  •     Salamanca, Pedro de Castro, 1540 (Sedeño’s) (via E. Fernández)
  •     Lisboa, Luis Rodríguez, 1540
  •     Salamanca, Juan de Junta, 1543
  •     Amberes, Martín Nucio, s.a. (ca. 1544)
  •     Zaragoza, Jorge Coci, 1545 (via E. Fernández)
  •     Zaragoza, Diego Hernández, 1545 (via J. Palomar)
  •     Sevilla, Jácome Cromberger, 1550
  •     Venecia, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrariis y sus hermanos, 1553 (corrected by Alonso de Ulloa)
  •     Zaragoza, Agustín Millán, 1555
  •     Amberes, viuda de Martín de Nucio, 1558
  •     Estella, Adrián de Anvers, 1560
  •     Barcelona, Claudi Bornat, 1561
  •     Cuenca, Juan de Cánova, 1561
  •     Sevilla,  Sebastián Trujillo, 1562
  •     Medina del Campo, Francisco del Canto, 1563
  •     Medina del Campo, Francisco del Canto, 1566
  •     S.l., s.a., s.i. (but post 1566)
  •     Alcalá de Henares, Juan de Vilanueva, 1569
  •     Madrid, Pierres Cosin, 1569 (via E. Fernández)
  •     Salamanca, Matías Mares, 1569
  •     Salamanca, Matías Gast, 1570
  •     Toledo, Francisco de Guzmán, 1573
  •     Salamanca, Álvaro Ursino de Portonariis, 1575
  •     Sevilla, Alfonso Picardo, 1575
  •     Valencia, Juan Navarro, 1575
  •     Salamanca, Pedro Lasso, 1577
  •     Medina del Campo, Francisco del Canto, 1582
  •     Sevilla, Alonso de la Barrera, 1582
  •     Sevilla, Alondo de la Barrera, 1582
  •     Barcelona, Hubert Gotard, 1585
  •     Alcalá de Henares, Juan Gración, 1586
  •     Alcalá de Henares, Hernán Ramírez, 1591
  •     S.l., Oficina Plantiniana, 1591
  •     S.l., Oficina Plantiniana, 1595
  •     S.l., s.i., 1595
  •     Sevilla, Fernando de Lara, 1596
  •     Ruan, Charles Osmont, 1633-1634 (bilingual Spanish-French)
  •     Ruan, Charles Osmont, 1644 (bilingual Spanish-French)

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Saturday, 25th May 2013 · 13:28

My resources collection. Xylographies: Comedia de Calisto y Melibea, Burgos, Fadrique de Basilea (1499, but rather 1500).

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Friday, 24th May 2013 · 23:28