Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art

Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art

by Christopher S. Wood



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226905976
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christopher Wood is professor of the history of art at Yale University. He is the author of Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents


1. Credulity     
Druid portraits - How to relax the paradox - Strange temporalities of the artifact

2. Reference by Artifact           
Relics of earliest Europe - Creative archeology - Replica chains - Reference by typology - Resemblance as an emergent property - Relics dependent on labels - Onomastic magic

3. Germany and “Renaissance”
Destructive intimacy with the distant past  - No German “Middle Ages” - Modernity as disenchantment - A different way to describe modernization - The German career of the heathen forms - Disruption of the substitutional chain by print

4. Forgery       
The fabrication of facts - Document forgery as paradigm - Retrospective tombs - The translation of St. Simpertus - Likeness without reference - Some misidentified portraits - The true image of the emperor - The iterable profile - The colossus of Crete - Mirabilium - The quest for the bones of Siegfried

5. Replica        
Recovery of the round arch - The return of Romanesque, in two dimensions - Alphabetic archeology - Early experiments in epigraphic perfection - Career of the Trajanic majuscule in Germany - Publication of icons and relics - Maximilian amplified - Replication of irregular information - Scholarly ambivalence about print - Urban archeology

6. Fiction         
Learned credulity - Quasi-antiquities - Fictional architecture - Hypertrophy of alphabetic choice - Ethnologies of form - Convergences on the epigraphic ideal - Unreadable alphabets - Banishment, temporal and spatial, of the nude - The tomb of the poet - The tomb of the emperor - “Colossal puppets” - The tremor of forgery - Fiction and  counterfiction

7. Re-enactment          
Virtual pilgrimage - Devotion folded over on itself - Paradoxes of the signature - Pressures on the referential model - Art and prophecy - The future of credulity

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