Figure 2022-12-20T11:00:50+01:00 Chiara Tartarini Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Figure – ISSN 2283-9348</strong> publishes articles on arts from historical, critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives</p> Materials for the study of modern and contemporary graphics 2022-12-16T15:58:59+01:00 Marzia Faietti Maria Ilaria Garavelli Francesco Mancinelli Eugenia Mandaglio Ottavia Mosca Lorenzo Pirazzi <p>The texts presented have been written in preparation for the final exam of the course <em>Storia del disegno e della grafica</em>, held in the academic year 2020-2021 and entitled <em>Contaminazioni semantiche tra disegni e stampe in Mantegna, Parmigianino, Passerotti: aspetti della poetica, dello stile e del collezionismo</em>. By means of essays the students had the possibility to follow their own individual interests, investigating a topic of their choice that in some ways they considered related to the disciplines of the history of drawing and graphics.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Marzia Faietti, Maria Ilaria Garavelli, Francesco Mancinelli, Eugenia Mandaglio, Ottavia Mosca, Lorenzo Pirazzi RADICAL MUSEOLOGY_Principles and practices of ‘dialectical contemporaneity’ 2022-12-16T16:37:51+01:00 Antonella Huber Giulia Bertolazzi Eugenio Caregnato Ludovica Fasciani Federica Gabrieli Giulia Paletti Annetta Rombolà Ernesto Sapienza Nicola Turati Gabriele Guarisco Sara Guidi Nicola Manzoni Costanza Morabito Stefania Pasini Martina Cataldo Giorgio Martini Giacomo Orrù Anna Storniello Maria Lucia Tavella Francesco Zagnoni <p>Starting from Claire Bishop’s research, expressed in <em>Radical Museology</em>, this text aims to analyze the curatorial approaches pursued by the directors of the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), the Reina Sofia (Madrid) and the MSUM (Ljubljana). Exploring their relation with the local communities, the text reflects upon the museum’s role in our time.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Antonella Huber, Giulia Bertolazzi, Eugenio Caregnato, Ludovica Fasciani, Federica Gabrieli, Giulia Paletti, Annetta Rombolà, Ernesto Sapienza, Nicola Turati, Gabriele Guarisco, Sara Guidi, Nicola Manzoni, Costanza Morabito, Stefania Pasini, Martina Cataldo, Giorgio Martini, Giacomo Orrù, Anna Storniello, Maria Lucia Tavella, Francesco Zagnoni The arches of San Giacomo Maggiore: historical-artistic coordinates and protection 2022-12-13T12:41:31+01:00 Beatrice Cannì <p>This research examines the arches erected between 1282 and 1290 on the left side of the church of San Giacomo Maggiore in Bologna. At first, workers linked to the Byzantine art of northern Italy were involved in the construction, but in the 14th century they were replaced by local artists. A renewed documentary investigation carried out in the archives of the Bologna Superintendency has uncovered some critical issues regarding protection.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Beatrice Cannì Antichrist imagery in Anglo-French illustrated Apocalypses from the thirteenth to the fourteenth century 2022-12-13T11:45:15+01:00 Alessandro Paolo Lena <p>The analysis of Antichrist imagery in Anglo-French Apocalypse manuscripts from the thirteenth to the fourteenth century shows the power of visual exegesis in medieval apocalyptic tradition. Based on Berengaudus’ commentary, such imagery presents Antichrist either as a beast or as a human figure, revealing how the medieval world envisioned the final opponent of Christ.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Alessandro Paolo Lena Giuseppe Maria Mitelli and the private commission 2022-12-13T12:51:43+01:00 Anna Di Vita <p>This article aims to provide some initial leads for a re-reading of Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, a Bolognese artist known mainly for his ‘informative’ engravings. In particular the contribution analyzes the links that the artist managed to weave with some patrons, who appear as clients of his works or as dedicatees.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Anna Di Vita Pseudo Vitali, namely Giacomo Monticelli? Activity and hypotheses about the identification of an important figure in Bolognese Still-life 2022-12-13T18:02:57+01:00 Arianna Manes <p>Still life painting, as is well known, is characterised by a scarcity of historiographic information. This makes the work of Art historians difficult, as they are often confronted with paintings lacking autorship. This is the case study of Pseudo Vitali, discussed in this article in the light of new evidence including his possible identity as Giacomo Monticelli.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Arianna Manes Pietro Fancelli. The preparatory drawing for <em>Alessandro e Timoteo</em> 2022-12-13T14:25:07+01:00 Alessandra Lisbona <p>The article is dedicated to Pietro Fancelli’s work. It has been taking shape through a progressive reevaluation of the artist’s career since the beginning of the twentieth century with the studies on the seventeenth century in Bologna by Renato Roli until the latest papers by Angelo Mazza. Besides, the essential reference to the manuscript written by Fancelli, has allowed to link the preparatory drawing representing <em>Alessandro e Timoteo</em> to the much praised curtain which has been lost.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Alessandra Lisbona Gian Maria Tosatti’s environmental installations as experiential devices 2022-12-14T18:26:25+01:00 Angelica Bertoli <p>The projects of Gian Maria Tosatti (Rome, 1980) are characterized by a trans-disciplinary aspect that questions the possible connections between the presence of the object, the space-time dimension in which it is inserted and the viewer. Environmental installations take shape, combining the constructive gesture of the artist with the active experience of the viewer.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Angelica Bertoli “To give a new name to something that has always existed”: language as architecture in Riccardo Benassi’s work 2022-12-14T19:09:21+01:00 Francesca De Zotti <p>This paper intends to focus on Riccardo Benassi's artistic research, analysing the role of language in his works and the different expressions through which it is presented, from the more conceptual dimension of neologism to its expanded form in architectural and public space and in the video essay.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Francesca De Zotti Betty Danon’s work of art in the 1970s 2022-12-14T19:28:57+01:00 Olimpia Di Domenico <p>This paper shows the reconstruction of Betty Danon’s work of art, from the beginnings of her career to the 1970s, starting from the documents in her archive stored at the Archivio del ’900 of Mart – Museum of modern and contemporary art in Rovereto (Italy).</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Olimpia Di Domenico A museographic adventure of the 1980s: the Museo civico medievale of Bologna 2022-12-14T19:36:04+01:00 Francesco Zagnoni <p>This paper aims to reconstruct the events that led to the foundation of Bologna’s Museo civico medievale and to analyse its display, which was projected in just three months in 1985. In fact, some museological principles, deeply rooted in the contemporary Bolognese culture, could be applied on that occasion, for instance the significance given to the context in the fruition of the work of art.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Francesco Zagnoni