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Spectres in the city –De Chirico’s mythologized streetscapes

Walker, Deborah 2010, Spectres in the city –De Chirico’s mythologized streetscapes, Double dialogues, no. 12, Winter, pp. 1-11.

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Title Spectres in the city –De Chirico’s mythologized streetscapes
Author(s) Walker, Deborah
Journal name Double dialogues
Issue number 12
Season Winter
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Canterbury, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1447-9591
Summary It is generally accepted that some of the unsettling scenes of the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico, arose from his response to the northern Italian city of Turin, a city he claimed a great affinity with. While de Chirico’s paintings and commentary of this period abound with references to Turin, there has been little investigation into how genuine these citied locations really are. We know that de Chirico’s preference for Turin arose from his passionate engagement with the writings of the philosopher
Friedrich Nietzsche and Nietzsche’s fondness for the city. Yet there is much evidence to suggest that Munich, the city of de Chirico’s early art school days permeated his imagery more completely; whereas Turin reflected his philosophical and aesthetic concerns. This article examines how cities have operated for the artist and how using iconography from both the world of the real and imagined produced powerful enigmatic images that evoked a profound mood of illusion and revelation.
Notes This article was also presented as : Spectres in the City : De Chirico's mythologized streetscapes, in Proceedings of the Double Dialogues Hidden Stories Conference, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 10 - 12 December 2009, [Deakin University], [Melbourne, Vic.], pp. 2-11.

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Language eng
Field of Research 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033331

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