Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Emily Braun

Second Advisor

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis examines how science shaped Giacomo Balla’s pioneering style of abstraction. A reconsideration of his oeuvre from 1900 to the advent of Italian Futurism demonstrates that his artistic vision of light—indebted to popular scientific imagery and what might be called "prosthetic" visual technologies—anticipated the emergent Futurist aesthetics.



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