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Title: 'Un gregge di vari capricci' : bizarre bodies in 17th century Florentine print albums
Author: Scalabrella Spada, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 9352 4558
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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In this dissertation, I consider a group of albums of prints published in Florence in the 17th century, arguing that they suggest the emergence of a new kind of representation of the human body that privileges animation, inventiveness and expression of time over the transmission of normative knowledge. One of these albums is a little-known set of etchings from 1624 entitled Bizzarie di Varie Figure, produced by Giovanni Battista Braccelli. Presenting paired bodies, reimagined in a variety of ways, these prints challenge ideas of bodily coherence and animation. The Bizzarie’s transformative images are in keeping with early modern change and experimentation, but they do not follow what is usually ascribed to print culture. I argue that Braccelli’s album should be considered alongside the unusual albums of Jacques Callot and Stefano della Bella as a new type of publication format. I investigate the ways in which the body encounters the medium of print, and how their expressive potential functions within a process of transformation. My argument considers early modern debates about natural philosophy and the role of prints in the transmission of knowledge. I also deal with the implications of using a format based on pairings and the role of performance, with a particular emphasis on bodily processes, boundaries and relations. In order to expand the interpretative possibilities about these albums, the dissertation turns to critical theory on the body, and to interdisciplinary modes of engagement with images and objects. I address the albums’ transformative and experimental ambitions and seek to consider how they engage with, and challenge, the early modern representation of the human body.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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