In conclusion, as one of the clearest examples of the meaning behind Consolo's writing of melancholy, the ekphrastic description of Albrecht Durer's Melencolia
I confirms the necessity of distinguishing Consolo's works from dominant modes of postmodernist writings.
The unsuspecting reader could easily skip over such a seemingly unimportant detail, but it leads us back to Volpi's previous novel, El temperamento melancolico (1995), and we realize that it refers to Durer's painting Melencolia
I, which contains the famous magic square.
might be slangily translated as "Don't be too sure," reminds us while praising Hugh Trevor-Roper's Men and Ideas that history should give "pleasure and instruction," notes that Erwin Panofsky's 15 pages on Durer's famous print Melencolia
are this distinguished scholar's "critical masterpiece," suggests that Moliere's Misanthrope may be "the comedy of comedies," and proclaims Bernard Shaw "the greatest master of English prose since Swift.
From the Diary of a Snail conflates fiction, autobiography, politics, and historical reality in a melange that culminates in a brilliant essay on Durer's Melencolia
He also indulges himself in an awkward, tenuous parallel between the "Trithemian will" and Albrecht Durer's engraving Melencolia
Heleen Buijus' work explores this through painting (Durer's Melencolia
He then illustrates this tension as it manifests itself both within and between two modernist compositions, Elliott Carter's Enchanted Prelude (1988) and Harrison Birtwistle's Melencolia