Grotesque and Caricature

Leonardo to Bernini


Grotesque and Caricature: Leonardo to Bernini examines these two genres across Renaissance and Early Modern Italy. Although their origins stem from Antiquity, it were Leonardo da Vinci’s early teste caricate that injected fresh life into the tradition, greatly inspiring generations of artists. Critical among them were his Milanese followers, such as Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo, and also Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo as well as, notably, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, and Bernini among others. Their artistic production—drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture—reveals deep interest in physical, physiognomic, and psychological observations with a penchant for humour and wit. Written by an international group of established and emerging scholars, this volume explores new insights to these complementary artistic genres.

Contributors include: Carlo Avilio, Ilaria Bernocchi, Christophe Brouard, Sandra Cheng, Susan Klaiber, Michael W. Kwakkelstein, Tod A. Marder, Rebecca Norris, Lucia Tantardini, Nicholas J. L. Turner, Mary Vaccaro, and Matthias Wivel.

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Rebecca Norris, PhD (2014, University of Cambridge), is Adjunct Instructor in Art History at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She is a scholar of North Italian Renaissance.

Lucia Tantardini, PhD (2014, University of Cambridge), is an Affiliated Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is a scholar of Renaissance Milan and is currently working on two books: Aurelio Luini (ca. 1530–93). The Complete Paintings and Drawings (Ugo Bozzi) and Drawing in Renaissance and Early Modern Milan (Routledge).
Preface and Acknowledgements
Lucia Tantardini, Rebecca Norris and Lucia Tantardini

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Notes on Contributors
Notes on the Text

Monstrous Inventions: Caricature and the Grotesque in Early Modern Art
Sandra Cheng

1 Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawings of Busts of Old Men and Women with Monstruous Faces: Satire as Moral Criticism
Michael W. Kwakkelstein

2 Lomazzo’s Grotesque Heads Revisited
Lucia Tantardini

3 Sebastiano del Piombo’s Caricatural Gesture and the Path to Idealism
Matthias Wivel

4 Burlesque Irreverences: Domenico Campagnola and Ruzante in the Corte Cornaro
Christophe Brouard

5 Carracci’s Ritrattini Carichi and the ‘Origins’ of Caricature
Mary Vaccaro

6 Guercino’s Grotesque Heads and Caricatures
Nicholas Turner

7 Deformation as Revelation: A Monstrous Portrait by Bartolomeo Passerotti
Ilaria Bernocchi

8 Heavenly Bodies III: Bernini’s Caricatures and Copies
Tod Marder

9 Rudolf Wittkower, Bernini’s Caricatures (1931)
Translator Susan Klaiber

10 Jusepe de Ribera and the Grotesque: Between Science and Comedy
Carlo Avilio

All interested in grotesque and caricature and, more widely, Italian Renaissance art and theory. Keywords: Grotesque, caricature, Leonardo da Vinci, Bernini, Luini, Sebastiano del Piombo, Domenico Campagnola, Ruzante, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Rudolf Wittkower, Jusepe de Ribera, Renaissance, Early Modern Italy, art history.
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