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Paolozzi and Wittgenstein

The Artist and the Philosopher

  • Diego Mantoan
  • Luigi Perissinotto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Diego Mantoan, Luigi Perissinotto
    Pages 1-11
  3. Aesthetic Grammar: From Wittgenstein to Paolozzi

  4. Paolozzi: On Reading Wittgenstein

  5. Wittgenstein: On Influencing Art

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-222

About this book


This impressive edited collection investigates the relationship between British Pop Art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi and the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. At this time, when Paolozzi’s oeuvre is in the process of being rediscovered, his long-time fascination with Wittgenstein requires thorough exploration, as it discloses a deeper understanding of his artistic production, further helping to reassess the philosopher’s actual impact on visual arts and its theory in the second half of the 20th century.


With 13 diverse and comprehensive chapters, bringing together philosophers and art historians, this volume aims at retracing and pondering the influence of Wittgenstein on the idea of art in Paolozzi, thus giving an unprecedented insight into Wittgenstein’s philosophy as employed by contemporary artists.


Aesthetics Pop Art Visual Art Wittgenstein Paolozzi

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego Mantoan
    • 1
  • Luigi Perissinotto
    • 2
  1. 1.Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVeniceItaly
  2. 2.Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceVeniceItaly

About the editors

Diego Mantoan, Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art History at Ca’ Foscari University Venice (Italy), works for renowned art archives across Europe and his earlier book “The Road To Parnassus” (2015) entered the 2016 Berger Prize long-list of The British Art Journal.


Luigi Perissinotto, Professor of Philosophy of Language and former Head of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University Venice (Italy), is a renowned scholar of philosophy of language and a specialist in Wittgenstein.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Paolozzi and Wittgenstein
  • Book Subtitle The Artist and the Philosopher
  • Editors Diego Mantoan
    Luigi Perissinotto
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-15845-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-15848-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-15846-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aesthetics
    Analytic Philosophy
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