Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image / Edition 1

Past Looking: Historical Imagination and the Rhetoric of the Image / Edition 1

by Michael Ann Holly, Michael A. Holly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801483026

ISBN-13: 9780801483028

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Michael Ann Holly asserts that historical interpretation of the pictorial arts is always the intellectual product of a dynamic exchange between past and present. recent theory emphasizes the subjectivity of the historian and the ways in which any interpretation betrays the presence of an interpreter. In Past Looking, she challenges that view, arguing that historical…  See more details below

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Michael Ann Holly asserts that historical interpretation of the pictorial arts is always the intellectual product of a dynamic exchange between past and present. recent theory emphasizes the subjectivity of the historian and the ways in which any interpretation betrays the presence of an interpreter. In Past Looking, she challenges that view, arguing that historical objects of representational art are actively engaged in prefiguring the kinds of histories that can be written about them. Holly directs her attention to early modern works of visual art and their rhetorical roles in legislating the kind of tales told bout them by a few classic cultural commentaries of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Burckhardt's synchronic vision of the Italian Renaissance, Wölfflin's exemplification of the Baroque, Schapiro's and Freud's dispute over the meanings of Leonardo's art, and Panofsky's exegesis of the disguised symbolism of Northern Renaissance painting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801483028
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Telling a Picture1
2Picturing Cultural History29
3Looking into the Past64
4Imagining the Baroque91
5Writing Leonardo Backwards112
6Witnessing an Annunciation149
7Reading Critical Theory170
Index209

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