“Ante litteram” hyper-drawings. Marginal notes on the application of proleptic abstraction in the history of art and architecture

Paolo Belardi, University of Perugia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Keywords: prolepsis, representation, communication, hyper-drawings.

Abstract

Although proleptic abstraction is a distinctive characteristic of literary art (and of rhetorical art in particular), it also had profound effects on the history of the figurative arts. This is especially relevant with regard to the classical and medieval ages when it rises to the rank of a consolidated representative technique. The term prolepsis (from the Greek prólepsis, derived from prolambánõ: “I take first”), signifies a specific instrument of descriptive manipulation which, by subverting the actual space-time distances, permits the anticipation of what in reality, according to an orthodox logical/syntactical scheme, should follow or which, in any case, could not be reasonably perceived because it is otherwise located. It is no coincidence that the artists of the past seem to have employed prolepsis on the occasions when they intended to subordinate the naturalistic exigencies to the content and/or didactic objectives. That is, whenever they sought a more dynamic and open expressive means, having perceived the limits that are implicit in a two-dimensional representation.
Proleptic representations summarise both qualities, because they are in fact true and proper “ante litteram” hyper-drawings which, not by chance, have been recovered and reinvented by contemporary architects most suited to communicative experimentation.

How to cite as an article
Belardi, P. (2019). “Ante litteram” hyper-drawings. Marginal notes on the application of proleptic abstraction in the history of
art and architecture. img journal, 1(1), 58-67.

How to cite as a contribution in book
Belardi, P. (2019). “Ante litteram” hyper-drawings. Marginal notes on the application of proleptic abstraction in the history of
art and architecture. In A. Luigini, C. Panciroli (Eds.) img journal 01/2019 Manifesto, 58-67. ISBN 9788899586096


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Oct 2019

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