This short monograph on Pulcinella is conceived as a extension of the Codex Seraphinianus, an encyclopedia filled with variations and fantasies on a theme. Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana contains over one hundred extraordinary graphite illustrations with scarlet accents, some of which are depicted in comic-strip style. Conceived as a musical Suite, it is divided into nine scenes with an intermission. It features the oddly surreal and globally recognized character, whose origins have been lost in the mists of the time.
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The Codex is an encyclopedia in manuscript with copious hand-drawn, colored-pencil illustrations of bizarre and fantastical flora , fauna , anatomies, fashions, and foods. Escher  and Hieronymus Bosch. Others depict odd, apparently senseless machines, often with delicate appearances and bound by tiny filaments.
Some illustrations are recognizable as maps or human faces; while others especially in the "physics" chapter are mostly or totally abstract. Writing system[ edit ] The false writing system appears modeled on Western writing systems, with left-to-right writing in rows and an alphabet with uppercase and lowercase letters, some of which double as numerals.
Some letters appear only at the beginning or end of words, similar to Semitic writing systems. The curvilinear letters are rope- or thread-like, with loops and even knots,  and are somewhat reminiscent of Sinhala script. Wechsler  and Bulgarian linguist Ivan Derzhanski,  and is a variation of base The first section appears to describe the natural world of flora, fauna and physics.
The second deals with various aspects of human life, including garments, history, cuisine and architecture. Each chapter seems to address a general encyclopedic topic, as follows: Types of flora: strange flowers, trees that uproot themselves and migrate, etc. Fauna animals , including surreal variations of the horse , hippopotamus , rhinoceros and birds An apparently separate kingdom of odd bipedal creatures Physics and chemistry generally considered the most abstract, enigmatic chapter Bizarre machines and vehicles The humanities: biology, sexuality, aboriginal peoples, including some examples with plant life and tools e.
The words scattered on the floor of the illustration are from the same book.
Codex Seraphinianus PDF
Zulkilkree Che ora diventa un filmArtribune. So how did this new edition of Codex Seraphinianus come about? The book is in eleven chapters, in two sections. The very entertaining adventures of Luigi Serafini. Character for R — not sure. Add yourself or another pataphysician to the map.
Given that the text is all in cipher, this adds a second layer to the text, one that may prompt a desire to decipher its contents to gain access to its semantically locked contents. For some, this is an all consuming affair, while for others who take a different view of the book or who are convinced that the cipher is indeed an instance of Greeking, or the fanciful creation of a language that only appears to have a meaning , the Codex Seraphinianus is simply an art book that carries a theory of asemic reading into practice. There is no doubt, as evidenced in its imagery, that the book is a product of its time, a s coffee table book of conceptual art entirely conceived by an emergent Italian artist who holed up inside an apartment for two years to develop it. But it is not even precisely that, for as much as it may satisfy our desire to situate the book in a recognizable aesthetic history, reducing its otherness to a series of labels, the book resists this as well. At best, we can say that it is a pastiche resembling a few key sources in art history.