Beauty and the Bible in Two Old Testament Plays by Lope de Vega

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In the massive corpus of surviving dramas by the Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega, biblical comedias play a considerable role. This paper compares a rather well-known one, La hermosa Ester (1610), and the less known La creación del mundo (date unknown). The paper will deal with the question of genre – how and why do Lope’s dramatic adaptations of the Old Testament become comedias, specifically? – and then turn to the specific theme of beauty in both plays.
The investigation into the relation between the genre of comedia and the theme of beauty is intended to contribute to the workshop’s question of “biblical drama as a literary genre.” The Spanish Golden Age is often considered a highly aestheticized period of European literature, and the theme and idea of beauty certainly played a dominant role. This paper investigates how Lope’s biblical drama blended the epoch’s fascination of beauty with his own new art of producing comedias and asks the question of how Scripture contributed dramatically to the theatre of the time in this respect.
Periode10. jun. 2022
BegivenhedstitelBiblical Drama in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present Days
PlaceringOxford, StorbritannienVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Lope de Vega
  • Det gamle testamente
  • The Old Testament
  • Biblical drama