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Mostri: la storia e le storie

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  • Mon 07 Oct 2019 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-10-07 11:00 2019-10-07 13:00 Europe/Paris Mostri: la storia e le storie

What is the connection between Leonardo da Vinci and the X-Files, via H.P. Lovecraft? And what is the common thread that links Aristotle’s philosophy with Rabelais’ work and Fabrizio De André’s music? The answer is hidden in what Rudolf Wittkower called «the inexhaustible history of monsters». Let’s ask ourselves whether monsters actually exist or if they are simply a projection of the fear of not recognising ourselves in the image of the other. What features should be attributed to human beings in order to define them as «monsters»? And how does a monster come into being? The book takes us on a fascinating journey through the lives of famous and less well-known monsters, a journey where often it is not what is perceived as normal that defines the monster but vice versa, like in a bewildering visit to a hall of mirrors lost in the mist of time. At times, monsters show themselves to us in the full light of day, at other times they hide in the darkest recesses of our perception of what we deem to be outside the norm. Monsters are like fairy tales that help us to exorcise our fears while offering us a sense of our own «normality».

Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati

What is the connection between Leonardo da Vinci and the X-Files, via H.P. Lovecraft? And what is the common thread that links Aristotle’s philosophy with Rabelais’ work and Fabrizio De André’s music? The answer is hidden in what Rudolf Wittkower called «the inexhaustible history of monsters». Let’s ask ourselves whether monsters actually exist or if they are simply a projection of the fear of not recognising ourselves in the image of the other. What features should be attributed to human beings in order to define them as «monsters»? And how does a monster come into being? The book takes us on a fascinating journey through the lives of famous and less well-known monsters, a journey where often it is not what is perceived as normal that defines the monster but vice versa, like in a bewildering visit to a hall of mirrors lost in the mist of time. At times, monsters show themselves to us in the full light of day, at other times they hide in the darkest recesses of our perception of what we deem to be outside the norm. Monsters are like fairy tales that help us to exorcise our fears while offering us a sense of our own «normality».


Location:
Sala del Torrino , Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme

Speaker:
Lorenzo Montemagno Ciseri (Independent Scholar)

Contact:
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