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The Unconscious and Space: Venice and the work of Albrecht Dürer

Fontana-Giusti, Gordana (2016) The Unconscious and Space: Venice and the work of Albrecht Dürer. In: Holm, Lorens and Hendrix, John Shannon, eds. Architecture and the Unconscious. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 27-44. ISBN 978-1-4724-5647-2. E-ISBN 978-1-315-56769-3. (doi:10.4324/9781315567693-10) (KAR id:80217)


This chapter focuses on the unconscious and space in the work of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). By unearthing the layers of history and mapping the dynamics of Dürer’s spatial unconscious, it proposes a multifaceted argument of his work that considers Dürer not solely as a painter and engraver, but as a theorist of perspective, human proportions and architecture of fortifications, as evident in his treatises and commissions. The proposed analysis of Dürer’s opus examines the nature of his understanding of space and spatiality in the context of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. It considers relevant works by Dürer in relation to his place of birth and subsequent travels. The attention is directed to the nature of Dürer’s stay in Venice and the ways in which the city had affected him on various levels including the unconscious. The argument concludes by discussing how Dürer’s spatially innovative work was constituted in relation to melancholia imaginativa.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781315567693-10
Uncontrolled keywords: Venice, space, Dürer, perspective, architecture, urban design, spatial analysis, unconscious, sexuality, melancholia,
Subjects: N Visual Arts > ND Painting
N Visual Arts > NE Print media
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 14:22 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 04:33 UTC
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Fontana-Giusti, Gordana.

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