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Title: Fossati's and Messori's Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre: An imaginative journey through writing, photography, landscape, and painting
Authors: Spunta, Marina
First Published: 1-Mar-2011
Citation: Italian Studies, 2011, 66 (1), pp. 93-111
Abstract: In this essay I analyse a recent phototext, Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre (2007), by the photographer, Vittore Fossati, and the late writer, Giorgio Messori. I demonstrate how it engages with a tradition of visual and literary landscape representations that celebrate an affective, imaginative approach to the exterior and to art, from the chosen masters of European art to contemporary artists, such as Luigi Ghirri and Gianni Celati. I will argue that Fossati's and Messori's work makes an original contribution to the critical debate on landscape that is in line both with classical reflections, such as those by Petrarch and Ritter, and with current aesthetic theories of landscape, which seek to recover an all-round appreciation of landscape, including sensorial perceptions, imagination, and memory. Finally, I will show how Fossati and Messori succeed in redressing the tradition of the photobook and of the illustrated book, showing 'come fotografia e scrittura potessero andare assieme, come qualcosa "che scalda il cuore"'
DOI Link: 10.1179/007516311X12918079775749
ISSN: 0075-1634
eISSN: 1748-6181
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Modern Languages

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