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New PDF release: Visual culture: images and interpretations

By Norman Bryson, Michael Ann Holly, Keith Moxey

ISBN-10: 081956267X

ISBN-13: 9780819562678

"We can now not see, less educate, transhistorical truths, undying artworks, and unchanging severe standards with no hugely constructed feel of irony in regards to the grand narratives of the past," claim the editors, who additionally coedited visible idea: portray and Interpretation (1990). the sector of artwork historical past isn't special to find itself challenged and enlarged through cultural debates over problems with type, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender. visible tradition assembles a few of the premiere students of cultural stories and paintings historical past to discover new serious ways to a historical past of illustration obvious as whatever assorted from a historical past of art.CONTRIBUTORS: Andres Ross, Michael Ann Holly, Mieke Bal, David Summers, Constance Penley, Kaja Silverman, Ernst Van Alphen, Norman Bryson, Wolfgang Kemp, Whitney Davis, Thomas Crow, Keith Moxey, John Tagg, Lisa Tickner.

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Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (Detail) 127 17. Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (Detail) 128 18. The Housebook Master, Parodic Coat of Arms 129 19. Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (Detail) 131 Observations on Style and History in French Painting of the Male Nude 1. Anne-Louis Girodet, The Sleep of Endymion 142 2. François Gérard, Cupid and Psyche 142 3. Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Aurora and Cephalus 144 Page ix 4. Anne-Louis Girodet, Hippocrates Refusing the Gifts of Artaxerxes 144 5.

The point of discussing them cannot be justified by invoking some notion of inherent aesthetic value. Ross has no intention of analyzing the intention of their makers in order to assess the intangible values with which they may have been invested in the process of their creation. He is concerned rather with the cultural work performed by these images after they have been launched into a social context: the types of meaning they create in the process of their reception. Analyzing the vast variety of representations of nature that pervade the popular culture of our society, he argues that these images have many different ecologies of their own.

Far from duplicating some referent in the real world, as the mimetic tradition would insist, these authors claim that what is most interesting about representational works is the way in which they exhibit the cultural values of the historical moment to which the artist belonged. They are reluctant, in other words, to abandon to transparency what they regard as the richly textured semiotic discourse of the image. The fact that, after centuries of artistic production inspired by the principle of mimesis, the Western tradition is characterized by a pictorial history notable for its variety rather than its homogeneity has been used as evidence to suggest that the theory of representation as committed to the search for the "essential copy" is implausible.

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