Alongside nearly abstract works such as this one, it was almost a shock to see not only Calderara's wide-awake Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1951, composed in shades of gray with a Constructivist severity, with a nearly geometrical curve
to the eyebrows and a slight diagonal tilt to the face--but also, beside it, Figura al Sole (Figure in the Sun), 1949, the profile of a knitter with a headscarf seated in front of a grove of trees that opens onto a wide landscape.
Despite debts to both Galileo and Descartes, Huygens, unlike them, blurred the distinctions between "natural phenomena, geometrical curves
, and machines." Michel Blay brings Pierre Varignon out of Newton's shadow ca.