2013-04-07

The Sack of Rome


In the same way that beauty is inseparable from the physical strength of the body, the aesthetics of each time would be also based on the corresponding forms of barbarismMannerist and Baroque canons would owe much to the sacking which mutilated the heritage of Antiquity. And the aesthetics of our time would be being cultivated in the anti-personnel mine fields rather than in the academias.

Image after Giovanni Antonio da Brescia's engraving after the Belvedere Torso (1500-20) [pd], Peter Paul Rubens' copy after the Belvedere Torso (1601-02) [pd] and Alex Smithing's design of AT-AP Mine [fu/fd].