At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking these images to have sprung from some hitherto unknown corner of the Cubist movement, but these remarkably prescient etchings are in fact the creation of an artist working a whole three centuries earlier. In , Giovanni Battista Bracelli — an Italian engraver and painter working in Florence — produced an extraordinary book of prints titled Bizzarie di Varie Figure Oddities of various figures. Its forty-seven plates show a variety of human figures mainly interacting in pairs, their bodily forms composed of a range of objects, mostly abstract — cubes, interlocking rings, and squares — but also such things as rackets, screws, braided hair, and the natural forms of trees. Although the idea of aggregating human forms from other objects was not new — famously explored half a century earlier by fellow Italian Guiseppe Arcimboldo — in their experimentation with abstraction these sketches by Bracelli truly seems to break new ground, prefiguring a certain way of thinking about the human form that would not be explored again for many centuries later. In addition to possible inspiration from Luca Cambiaso's block figures of the previous century, a major influence on Bracelli appears to have been Jacques Callot's Balli di Sfessania. Prepared in Bracelli's hometown of Florence and published in , Callot's series of twenty-four etchings each depict a pair of posturing figures which, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica , "was an attempt to document not the commedia dell'arte , as was once thought, but rather a dance of the type generally known as the moresca symbolizing the conflict between the Moors and the Christians but known in Naples in its Maltese form as sfessania ".

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Return to Book Page. Digitized facsimile of the Livorno edition from a copy in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. Work consists of 50 engraved plates: 3 of introductory text and 47 images of fabricated figures. Text is searchable.

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