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The tradition of the memento mori, in which death is always the reminder of the fleetingness of life and of human achievement, is all too readily applied to early modern Dutch still-life painting. In… (More)
With the loss of bodily control come more powerful ways of seeing ? or so it is suggested by a remarkable engraving produced in Rome by the French printmaker Francois Spierre in the 1660?s. The… (More)
Introduction 1. Authenticity and the Making of Urban Space 2. Unhinging the Narrative 3. Memory and Forgetting in Urban Space 4. The Challenge of the Utopic 5. Cinema as Urban Space Epilogue.
In Gian Lorenzo Bernini9s Four Rivers Fountain in Rome, the Rio de la Plata, representing America, is shown not in the guise of an ancient river god, as is the case with the other rivers, but with a… (More)
Anna Morandi's (1714-1774) wax model of the human eye challenges the assumption that the early modern study of sight was invariably about the emergence of subjectivity or even self awareness. Wax… (More)
Abstract Gaetano Giulio Zumbo's anatomical model of a head, executed in the late seventeenth century and now in Florence's La Specola, is the earliest known life-size wax model for use in study and… (More)