Title :

Drawing up plans in the mental studio : a mannerist scenario for the invention of compositions

Author :
AKKER, Paul van den ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
In the 16th c. Italian artists developed a manner of sketching that allowed them to concentrate on different levels of specificity in parts of a composition and structural relations. Here the character of this technique is discussed within the context of psychological theories about skill development. Skill development is understood as a process of successively building higher-order plans out of pre-existing lower-order ones, that is, learning to think ahead about a whole range of movements of the hand. On the highest level the mastery of skill amounts to planning about planning, that is, weighing alternative scenarios before a task is actually performed. It is argued that the specific sketching technique under discussion was an aid to make decisions about the right lay-out of a composition. It facilitated a reciprocal action between the invention of alternative compositional parts and sub-parts and even the generation of new ideas, a technique that was probably invented by Taddeo Zuccaro. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Composition ; Dessin ; Italie ; Mnémotechnie ; Psychologie ; Technique ; 1500-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Composition ; Drawing ; Italy ; Mnemonics ; Psychology ; Technique ; 1500-1600 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975654 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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