Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Emily Braun

Second Advisor

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Academic Program Adviser

Lynda Klich


This thesis considers the Futurist engagement with touch, primarily through the artwork and writing of four Italian artists: Umberto Boccioni (1882–1916), F. T. Marinetti (1876–1944), Benedetta (Cappa) Marinetti (1897–1977), and Enrico Prampolini (1894–1956). Informed by childhood education, art theory and aesthetics, and perceptual psychology, these Futurists embraced tactility as a vehicle for avant-garde invention.



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