Between Biology and Culture. Eight Drawings for Remo

  • Danilo Mainardi Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia
Keywords: drawing, writing, biology


Drawing has been associated with man's cultural history since its very beginning, when the need to express oneself arose. With the passing of time, it has gained autonomy and lost the function of support and integration to written and oral verbal communication. This writing is about the 'accessory' function of drawing, with some examples taken from a recent dialogue between Remo Ceserani and the author. Finally, it is remarked the phylogenetic relationship between drawing and writing, which involves, in different species, both the biologic and the cultural evolution.


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Author Biography

Danilo Mainardi, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia

Danilo Mainardi is professor emeritus of Behavioural ecology at the Università Ca' Foscari of Venice, director of the International school of ethology of the Ettore Majorana center in Erice and member of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze.

   His scientific activity is focoused on animal ecology and behaviour. For a long time, the main topic of his research has been the social behaviour, with particular attention towards the parental behaviour, the effect of imprinting and other forms of early learning on sexual preferences. 

   He is the author of more than 200 scientific books and essays; the latest titles are: Nella mente degli animali (2006), La bella zoologia (2008), L’intelligenza degli animali (2009). He also collaborates with a tv show called Superquark, with the most important news broadcast of Rai1 (TG1) and with the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.


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How to Cite
Mainardi, D. (2013). Between Biology and Culture. Eight Drawings for Remo. Between, 3(6).