Vol. 9 (2020)
CONDIZIONI DI POSSIBILITÀ – Letteratura e cultura visuale, a cura di F. Fastelli

"Il plasticismo dell’immagine resta attivo come un lievito..." Una rilettura di Cesare Brandi

Published December 31, 2020


This text focuses on the essays that Cesare Brandi wrote from the mid-1940s until the late 1970s. By means of a detailed analysis of the formation of concepts such as object constitution, image formulation, pre-conceptual and above all astanza, we aim to show the development of Brandi’s thought from the early stages, still close to Crocianian elements up to the vast reconstruction entitled Disegno della pittura italiana. In this way it is possible to highlight how Brandi gradually detaches himself from Croce through the use of some notions taken from phenomenology and that lead him to elaborate an original aesthetic theory based on the explanatory capacity of the notion of astanza.