The article is devoted to the design, curation and epistemological repair of the “big formal method” in the anthology of formalism and the Russian avant-garde, edited by Sergei Oushakin.
The article discusses the Composizione del mondo, the first cosmological encyclopedia in tuscanian vernacular, by Restoro d’Arezzo, ca. 1280. It is the only Restoro’s text surviving, but from it we know that he was also a practicing painter, probably a jeweler. Some passages, for instance, descriptions of painted and carved vases and of sarcophagi, show his acute esthetic attitude, prove the existence of a circle of amateurs of pagan antiquities. A textual analysis of these crucial passages allows to review some ideas, present in human sciences, about the birth of the modern, post-Renaissance, notion of the Art.
Review of the book: RHETORIC AND THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES Eds. J. Ridolfo, W. Hart-Davidson.. Chicago; L.: University of Chicago Press, 2015. — VIII, 328 p.