Art, Agency and Living Presence : from the animated image to the excessive object

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Art, Agency and Living Presence : from the animated image to the excessive object

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Art, Agency and Living Presence : from the animated image to the excessive object
Author: Eck, Caroline van
Pages: 276
Publisher: De Gruyter // Leiden University Press (LUP)
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: Art history
Art Philosophy
Art and society
Psychological aspects of art
Abstract: Throughout history, and all over the world,viewers have treated works of art as if they were living beings: speaking to them, falling in love with them, kissing or beating them. Although over the past twenty years the catalogue of individual cases of such behaviour towards art has increased immensely, there are few attempts at formulating a theoretical account of them, or writing the history of how such responses were considered, defined or understood. That is what this book sets out to do: to reconstruct some crucial chapters in the history of accounting for such behaviour in Western Europe. Drawing on classical rhetoric and the work of Aby Warburg and Alfred Gell and little known early modern sources it develops an historically grounded theory of the human tendency to endow images, in particular statues, with life.
Series/Report no.: Studien aus dem Warburg-Haus;16
Reihe "Kunst und Wirkmacht - Art and Agency"
ISBN: 9789087282318
9783110345568 eISBN (pdf)
9783110380354 eISBN (epub)
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/41206
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