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Cinema - painting: Antonioni, Turner, Rothko, de Chirico

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posted on 2022-03-28, 15:24 authored by Stefano Spinelli
"The aim of this thesis is to explore Antonioni's artistic process and the ways in which his visual vocabulary has been inspired by particular paintings of Turner, Rothko and de Chirico. Although Antonioni expressed himself through the medium of cinema, and these three artists were painters, their philosophical, visual and symbolic languages are strikingly similar. It is the purpose of this study to explore the very close connections between Antonioni's filmmaking and the artworks of these three painters." -- abstract.


Table of Contents

ch. I. Critical accounts of Antonioni's cinema and painting -- ch. II. The adventure and Turner's art -- ch. III. Red desert and Rothko's art -- ch. IV. The enigma of the hour: the eclipse and de Chirico's art -- ch. V. Blow-up and Antonioni's paintings -- App. I. Rothko's Houston Chapel -- App. II. Coda: putting myself in the picture: cultural tourism and Antonioni's art.


Typescript. "Submitted in (partial) fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, 2012". "June 2012". Includes bibliographical references (pages 575-591)

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Noel King


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