Icoxilòpoli 2. Iconografia delle xilografie del Polifilo, Roma, Bulzoni Editore (Collana Biblioteca di Cultura, 755), 2020, a cura di Alessandra Bertuzzi, Elisabetta Caputo, Stefano Colonna, Flavia De Nicola, Francesco De Santis, Alessia Dessì. ISBN 978-88-6897-181-6, pp. 808.
Abstract en (english translation by Flavia De Nicola revised by Giulia Martina Weston)
In Venice, in 1499, Aldo Manuzio the Elder gave the most important incunabulum of the Italian Renaissance to the press: the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, accompanied by 171 woodcuts. Over the years, many studies have followed one another to look into the identity of the anonymous author, but only a few of them were dedicated to the 171 images illustrating this printed book, and nowadays the name of the draftsman and that of the engraver remain uncertain. In 2017, the research project Icoxilòpoli 1 - Iconographies of the Polifilo's woodcuts, led by Stefano Colonna in the context of the Museology and Art Criticism and Restoration teaching at the University of Rome La Sapienza, was founded on the ascertainment that specific symbolic themes of the incunabulum are described in the text but not through the images, and vice versa, hence the need to identify the keywords and the symbolic objects both in the text and images, in order to create a two-way path "word-image-word". Icoxilòpoli 2, which takes up Icoxilòpoli 1 subject matters, presents 19 insets relating to Polifilo's woodcuts, ordered by number of appearance in the editio princeps of the Hypnerotomachia dating 1499 and equipped with further analytical essays. The authors well understood the need to continue to operate on an expressive double-track, which could encourage an interpretation of the insets in the key of a "metafictional" story while preserving the academic status of the scientific approach, and this shows how rich Italian academia is in human and scientific potentialities so that, if enhanced, it produces academic results since the first years of research.
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