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An 'overflowing, a richness & poetry': Joseph Cornell's Planet Set and Giuditta Pasta

2004

Abstract

The American artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is famous for his allusive box constructions. This paper examines the history of Planet Set 1950, a work in Tate's collection that has received little critical commentary. In particular, it explores Cornell's fascination with the early nineteenth-century opera singer Giuditta Pasta, and shows how this relates to a number of other themes in his work, including stars, maps and birds.

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