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The impact that the artifacts coming from the New Worlds had on the Early Modern theory of art —and on European History— has often been reduced to the passive role of exotic knick-knacks in the Wonder Cabinets. I contend that their agency was of a complete different sort, as they prompted a revolution in the concepts of art and artist themselves, as well as in the definitions of humanity and universality. I retrace this other history precisely addressing the effect of the encounter between artifacts and thinkers, among which the Portuguese artist and theorist Francisco de Holanda.
Alessandra Russo is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures / Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (Columbia University)
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