Don Quixote's Influence on Art and Artists


Don Quixote: From Man of La Mancha to Sites on La Web

Don Quixote is a staple of classic literature, and also the source of inspiration for the name of our site, findingDulcinea. If all of our talk of windmills and knights errant has made you wonder what all the fuss is about, then you're in the right place. In this Web Guide, you'll find plenty of Don Quixote references and resources, and even a few fun Quixote-inspired visual and audio works (although we promise not to sing "The Impossible Dream").

Don Quixote Texts, Plot Summaries, and Audio Versions

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Don Quixote's Influence on Art and Artists

Because Don Quixote has had such a lasting, powerful, and cross-cultural influence over the past four hundred years, it should come as no surprise that it has inspired and influenced many artists and their work. Take an online look at some art, literature, and performances that have drawn upon the novel, and meet some modern Don Quixotes.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • A number of companies have used some part of the book's title or its character names. A hostel in Madrid, a fruit company, and, of course, Dulcinea Media are just a few businesses that have taken the name "Dulcinea." Even an album by the band Toad the Wet Sprocket bears the name Dulcinea.
  • Inspired to go on an adventure of your own? You can travel the Don Quixote route in Spain. Before you head to Spain, check out our findingDulcinea Spain Travel Web Guide for tips about where to stay and how to get around (which you won't need if you bring your trusty steed).
  • Theatrical adaptations of the novel abound, but for the most part, they stray wildly from the original plot. Before you assume the musical Man of La Mancha to be an accurate representation of the book, give yourself a refresher on the actual storyline of Don Quixote by visiting one of the sites in the first section of this guide.
  • Don Quixote was influential even in its own time: one reader went so far as to create a second volume before Cervantes had finished his own second volume. In Cervantes's second volume of Don Quixote, the characters get wind of the false version and even comment on it.
  • One writer compared Huck Finn to Don Quixote, and the relationship between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza has been compared to the ones between Calvin and Hobbes of comic-strip fame, as well as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Pixar's Toy Story movies.
  • Modern knights errant associated with Don Quixote include Norman Mailer and Frank Zappa.

Dulcinea's Picks

For examples of Don Quixote's influence on the findingDulcinea Web site ...
For the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha ... 
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