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«A traveller’s tales»: prassi disegnativa e teorie estetiche di Solomon Caesar Malan

Elena Dodi    Università degli Studi «G. D'Annunzio» Chieti-Pescara, Italia    



This article aims to investigate the figure of Solomon Caesar Malan (1812‑94) from a sole art-historical perspective. Malan was a linguist and theologian of the first rank and undertook many journeys between Europe and Asia to deepen his knowledge of languages. These journeys were documented by him with a collection of around 1,600 sketches and watercolours, assembled in ten albums. The observation of Malan’s travel drawings and the combined reading of his Aphorisms on Drawing, published in 1856, reveal a personality who was deeply immersed in the critical debate of his time, with a modern and personal conception of art, expressed first on a practical level and then on a theoretical level, but continuously inspired by a profound spirituality.

04 Dicembre 2023
19 Aprile 2023
14 Marzo 2023

Keywords: Aphorisms on DrawingSolomon Caesar MalanHardingRuskinLandscape

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