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Landscapes before the landscape in ancient Etruscan art

Pontelli, Elena (2022) Landscapes before the landscape in ancient Etruscan art. Advisor: Catoni, Prof. Maria Luisa. Coadvisor: Harari, Prof. Maurizio . pp. 499. [IMT PhD Thesis]

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This thesis approaches the broad field of landscape study from a specialized standpoint, namely by investigating the different ways in which landscape is represented in Etruscan art. In particular, this analysis aims to identify the significance of what we might nowadays refer to as “landscape elements” in the production-fruition systems of Etruscan visual culture. The iconographic analysis presented here shows that landscape features are working material which, employed in relation to other image elements, express specific meanings in the construction of the image. This thesis begins with an historiographical overview of the ways landscape representation has been investigated over time, including by visualizing the relationships and influences between the different disciplines that have approached landscape as a research topic. The core section then considers all kinds of representations of landscape elements (landscape elements that appear isolated within images as well as more structured and coherent ensembles of landscape features) in Etruscan art, from its earliest period to the threshold of Hellenism. The analysis and presentation of images is based on a ‘situational’ categorization (theme/context-based categories) designed to enable transversal readings. Dealing with the multiple ‘landscapes’ that existed before the landscape (aesthetically appreciable as a pictorial theme), entails moving along two different but interconnected paths. On the one hand, we can see landscape features performing different functions in different visual occurrences. On the other hand, from the perspective of an unfolding elaboration of figurative structures, these features can be analyzed as individual signifying structures that were only organized into broader uniform configurations over time.

Item Type: IMT PhD Thesis
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
PhD Course: Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage
Identification Number: 10.13118/imtlucca/e-theses/347
NBN Number: urn:nbn:it:imtlucca-28092
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2022 07:58
URI: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/347

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