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Author: Riccardo Falcinelli
Description: Often, in front of a painting, we tend to ask ourselves what it means, or what the painter's intentions were, or how it fits into the era in which it was made: but so the history of art risks being an explanation only of history, rather than art. Riccardo Falcinelli adopts a completely different paradigm. Instead of looking for the "meaning" of the images, he enters into their gear, treats them not as symbols to be deciphered, but as mechanisms to be dismantled, he explains how they were designed and built, and why. Written with a story-telling and compelling attitude, which confirms Falcinelli as one of the best Italian essayists, Figure is a book for those who want to understand images, but also for those who want to invent them.