L’autobiografismo della mano

Da mano d’artista a mano divina

  • Alessandra Mascia Université de Fribourg, Suisse
Parole chiave: Artist’s Hand, Pictorial Self-portrait, Artistic Identity, Ribera, Rembrandt, Boetti


In the artistic lexicon, we sometimes come across archetypal forms. Among these there is also the artist's hand; compared to the hand of a divine demiurge, it reveals a theoretical approach to the artistic identity. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the hand is the visual focus of the self-portraits painted by Parmigianino and Artemisia Gentileschi and, as allegorical apparition, it appears in Rembrandt’s Belshazzar’s Feast (1636) and even, much more recently, in the graphic work by Hinsberg (2004). Géricault’s anatomic left-hand drawing (1823) is a metaphorical fragment and, in the 20th century, it returns in the signature-pictures by Duchamp, Fontana and Boetti.


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