Donatello among Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy / Edition 1

Donatello among Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy / Edition 1

by Claudia Lazzaro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489210

ISBN-13: 9780801489211

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This ambitious collection treating the Italian Fascists' appropriation of the past for political purposes focuses on the role of the visual in the aim of fusing the past and the modern world in Mussolini's Italy. With contributions by art historians and classicists, literary and intellectual historians, Donatello among the Blackshirts demonstrates that the Fascist…  See more details below

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This ambitious collection treating the Italian Fascists' appropriation of the past for political purposes focuses on the role of the visual in the aim of fusing the past and the modern world in Mussolini's Italy. With contributions by art historians and classicists, literary and intellectual historians, Donatello among the Blackshirts demonstrates that the Fascist regime appropriated not only Italy's ancient Roman past but also the medieval, Renaissance, and even baroque eras, as well as its own recent history, in constructing a new myth of the nation. Every aspect of visual culture—from monumental architecture, sculpture, painting, and gardens to exhibitions, spectacles, films, medals, household items, and stamps—helped to link the past with modernity. As a result, Italy's artistic traditions became familiar to all social classes throughout the peninsula. While this richly illustrated book concerns Fascist Italy, at the same time it also shows how Italy's premodern artistic traditions have been passed down to the present through the filter of the Fascist era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489211
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Forging a visible fascist nation : strategies for fusing past and present13
Ch. 2To make history present33
Ch. 3Augustus, Mussolini, and the parallel imagery of empire53
Ch. 4"Il Primo Pilota" : Mussolini, fascist aeronautical symbolism, and imperial Rome67
Ch. 5Fascism Triumphans : on the architectural translation of Rome83
Ch. 6Inventing the Palazzo del Corte in Ferrara97
Ch. 7Towers and tourists : the cinematic city of San Gimignano113
Ch. 8Shaping the fascist "new man" : Donatello's St. George and Mussolini's appropriated renaissance of the Italian nation133
Ch. 9Mussolini, mothers, and Maiolica145
Ch. 10Politicizing a national garden tradition : the Italianness of the Italian garden157
Ch. 11Leonardo's smile173
Ch. 12Celebrating the nation's poets : Petrarch, Leopardi, and the appropriation of cultural symbols in fascist Italy187
Ch. 13The return of the repressed : tradition as myth in futurist fascism203
Ch. 14Flash memories (Sironi on exhibit) : appendix : Mario Sironi, "The manifesto of muralism"223
Epilogue : Mussolini's body as Fotografia Infamante241

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