From Reality to Legend - Baroque Representation as a Means of Transcendence

Nidhi Rajkumar


Everyone has some special quality about them, yet there are only a handful that capture the popular imagination and become legends. Are these legends born or created? What is it that can transform someone from a mere person to an icon idolized by many? 

This paper examines the Baroque tradition of representation as a means to the transcendence from man to legend. By using the examples of (the non fictional) Frida Kahlo and (the fictional) Sierva Maria, I have tried to examine, understand and explain the elements of representation. This paper attempts to illustrate that fact that in most cases the power of representation is almost as potent, if not more, than the power of the individuals themselves.  


Baroque; Frida Kahlo; Sierva Maria, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Of Love and Other Demons

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