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Vita delle forme seguito da Elogio della mano
Figlio di un incisore, e studioso appassionato di tecniche e di artisti dell'incisione, Focillon ha riservato un'attenzione particolare alle forme artistiche, alle loro relazioni psicologiche e materiali, all'atteggiamento estremamente concreto e funzionale. Accanto ai grandi studi sull'arte del secolo scorso, sulla scultura e l'affresco medievali, sui maestri ...more
Paperback, Piccola biblioteca Einaudi, 134 pages
Published 2002 by Einaudi
(first published January 1st 1934)
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Early Gothic figure from the cathedral at Naumburg
Henri Focillon (1881-1943) was an art historian of great repute and professor at the Sorbonne and later at the Collège de France. He died in the USA while teaching at Yale and working for the cause of Free France, then under the Nazi heel. Of his many books I was first attracted to his Vie des formes (1934),(*) which is a summary of his theory of art. A formalist, he is rather (poetically) abstract in this short text, since he is concerned primar ...more