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Looking at Latin 1911-1965-2019 : Modern Art and an Ancient Language

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  • Simon Smets orcid logo (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies / University College London)

Abstract

This article considers the presence of Latin in art from the beginning of the twentieth century until today. It analyses works by Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joseph Kosuth, Giulio Paolini, Rosemarie Trockel, Ian Hamilton Finlay and William Kentridge, and compares their engagement with the Latin language. The article is structured according to the different ways in which these artists unsettle the status of Latin, be it through semantic confusion, material recontextualisation or textual destabilising.

Keywords: Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Joseph Kosuth, Ian Hamilton Finlay, William Kentridge, Latin, Textual art, Classical reception, Renaissance, Rosemarie Trockel, Conceptual Art, Concrete poetry, Erasmus, Nietzsche, metaphysical art, Wittgenstein, Giulio Paolini, Vergil

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Smets, S., (2023) “Looking at Latin 1911-1965-2019 : Modern Art and an Ancient Language”, Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures 8. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/jolcel.84802

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Published on
12 Jul 2023
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