Scheda libro
Non-Fiction
Martina Corgnati

L'ombra lunga degli etruschi

Echi e suggestioni nell'arte del Novecento

  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-184-6
  • Year: 2018
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 15,5 x 23 cm
  • Illustrations: 62 b/w
  • Language: Italian
  • Price: 24,00 €

The legend of the Etruscans has stood the test of time over centuries. Since the 15th century, when Leon Battista Alberti was one of the first to reassess the Tuscan order, to more recent years that saw the first major exhibitions, interest in this enigmatic civilization has never faltered. It has, however, been fed by such very different instances – depending on whether the point of view was that of academics or of artists and writers – that one can talk of two distinct Etrurias: a “scientific” one, which from the 19th century and with the important excavations of the early 20th century became ever more precisely and clearly defined, and an “evoked”, imagined Etruria, as fantastical as it was irretrievable.
This is the Etruria of painters and sculptors: of Enrico Prampolini, who lent his avant-garde skills to a magazine on the subject; of Arturo Martini, Massimo Campigli and Marino Marini, who, each with their own accents, claimed direct descent; of artists apparently remote from this world, such as the French Edgar Degas and the English Henry Moore; and of figures that occupied what were considered marginal territory (e.g. ceramics) such as Gio Ponti and Roberto Sebastian Matta.
Martina Corgnati takes the reader on a long well-structured journey from the end of the 19th century to the threshold of the 21st century, through hybridization and rewriting of the past, adopting more or less explicit suggestion and precise references. There are also forays into the literary debate, particularly lively in Italy, where a foundation myth more authentically italic in respect of Greek or Roman ones has always been fertile terrain. Through the prism of the “Etruscan phenomenon” one can see the art of the 20th century in a new light, exploring the various paths in the shadow of this ancient people.

  • About the author
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Martina Corgnati is an art historian and curator. She teaches history of art at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. She is particularly interested in women’s art and the period between the historic avant-gardes and the sixties; she also has an interest in contemporary research in the Mediterranean context. Among her publications are L’opera replicante. La strategia dei simulacri nell’arte contemporanea (2009), I quadri che ci guardano. Opere in dialogo (2011), Impressioniste (2018). With Johan & Levi she has already published Meret Oppenheim. Afferrare la vita per la coda (2014).

Introduzione 


Parte prima
1. Repertori, riviste e archivi etruschi fra Otto e Novecento 
2. Gli etruschi: da evidenza archeologica a dibattito ideologico e letterario 
3. Irradiazioni visive 
  3.1. Degas il rabdomante 
  3.2. Fra etruschi e africani. André Derain 
  3.3. Avvicinamenti. Suggestioni etrusche di Carlo Carrà 
  3.4. Arturo Martini: «Mi son el vero etrusco» 
  3.5. Francesco Messina. Colloqui etruschi a Vado Ligure 
  3.6. “Primordio”. Mondo etrusco e Scuola Romana 
  3.7. Coup de foudre. Massimo Campigli 
  3.8. Marino l’etrusco 
  3.9. All’ombra della croce. Escursioni etrusco-cristiane in Tullio Garbari e Giacomo Manzù 
  3.10. Studi etruschi di Mario Sironi e Gino Severini 
  3.11. L’album etrusco di Anselmo Bucci 
  3.12. Deviazioni manifatturiere. Le ceramiche etrusche di Gio Ponti 


Parte seconda
4. Cronache e invenzioni etrusche negli anni del dopoguerra 
5. La mostra del 1955 
6. Affinità elettive: la scelta etrusca 
  6.1. Alberto Giacometti e l’Ombra della sera 
  6.2. Henry Moore. Gli etruschi al British Museum 
  6.3. Leoncillo. Amore e morte 
  6.4. Pinot Gallizio. Viaggio all’origine della notte 
  6.5. Roberto Sebastián Matta. Etrusculudens e altri ibridi 

  6.6. Arnaldo Pomodoro. Un segno nella collina 
  6.7. Michelangelo Pistoletto: l’arringatore contemporaneo 
  6.8. Mario Schifano. Una chimera in diretta 
  6.9. Mimmo Paladino e la perenne seduzione etrusca 
  6.10. Sandro Chia: un etrusco per tutti i giorni 
  6.11. Igor Mitoraj l’archeologo 
7. Tradimenti: la fotografia 


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