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Troubadourian reconstructions : the poetics of discovery in the Renaissance Della Santina, Siddhartha


"Discovery is not only finding new things," Leonardo Olschki wrote of the Renaissance voyage of exploration. This essay attempts to examine the intersection between the "old" and the "new," the "already known" and the "other," within the act of "discovery." Taking as a starting point Giovanni Battista Ramusio’s seminal Delle Navigazoni et Viaggi of 1550-1559, the bricolage of "discovery" will be considered, as the elements of memory, architecture, cartography, art theory and practice constitute the materials with which the Renaissance "discovery" poetically reconstructed what had hitherto been unknown.

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