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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830$
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Ellen Lockhart

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284432

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284432.001.0001

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Attentive Statues

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Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830

Ellen Lockhart

University of California Press

Chapter 1 examines the Milanese pantomimes of Gasparo Angiolini, in particular his ballet on the theme of Condillac’s statue, La vendetta spiritosa (Milan, 1781; revived as La vendetta ingegnosa, o la Statua di Condilliac, Venice, 1791), and his project of creating a language of musical gestures that could be understood without training or acculturation. Inspired by Rousseau, Condillac, and Milanese writers such as the Verri brothers and Cesare Beccaria, Angiolini hoped that this “sign language” that could overcome linguistic and even political boundaries.

Keywords:   language, statues, pantomime, Condillac, Gasparo Angiolini, Il Caffè, philosophy, Enlightenment, Italy

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