Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

La Fornarina y el origen de la Canción Española

Javier Barreiro


The melodramatic biography of La Fornarina raises a large number of the burning issues of the first fifteen years of the 2Oth century: the establishment of a new musical genre —the so-called one-person song— the social ascent of women, together with their difficulties in establishing sexual freedom, the extreme poverty of the lower levels of Spanish society, the various faces of prostitution, the changes in social life that would give rise to new forms of entertainment and shows in urban settings and would result in vaudeville... In the Spanish imagination at the beginning of the century, La Fornarina
represented the first popular erotic myth, and an image of modernity for many intellectual people who acclaimed and adored her.

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