The Cultural Life of Images: Visual Representation in Archaeology

The Cultural Life of Images: Visual Representation in Archaeology

by Brian Leigh Molyneaux
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415106753

ISBN-13: 9780415106757

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific

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Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific text. Advertising, entertainment and propaganda have realised the extent of this power to shape ideas, but the scientific community has hitherto neglected the ways in which visual material conditions the ways in which we think.
With subjects including prehistoric artworks, excavation illustrations, artists' impressions of ancient sites and peoples and contemporary landscapes, photographs and drawings, this study explores how pictures shape our perceptions and our expectations of the past.
This volume is not concerned with the accuracy of pictures from the past or directly about the past itself, but is interested instead in why certain subjects are selected, why they are depicted the way they are, and what effects such images have on our idea of the past. This collection constitutes a ground-breaking study in historiography which radically reassesses the ways that history can be written.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415106757
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Theoretical Archaeology Group Series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of contributors
General editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the cultural life of images1
1Art, landscape, and the past: an artist's view11
2Drawing inferences: visual reconstructions in theory and practice22
3Things, and things like them49
4'To see is to have seen': craft traditions in British field archaeology62
5Photography and archaeology73
6Representation and reality in private tombs of the late eighteenth dynasty, Egypt: an approach to the study of the shape of meaning108
7Some Greek images of others130
8The art and archaeology of Custer's last battle159
9Revolutionary images: the iconic vocabulary for representing human antiquity184
10The power of the picture: the image of the ancient Gaul213
11Focusing on the past: visual and textual images of Aboriginal Australia in museums230
12The painter and prehistoric people: a 'hypothesis on canvas'249
Index263

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