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THE SELF-AWARE IMAGE: AN INSIGHT INTO EARLY MODERN METAPAINTING. Translation of L'instauration du tableau: Metapeinture a l'aube des temps modernes (Meridiens-Klincksieck, Paris, 1993). Revised and updated edition. Victor I. Stoichita. Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. Harvey Miller Studies in Baroque Art. Original edition published 1997 by Cambridge University Press {Worldwide 97641}. 344 pp. with 148 ills. (133 col.). 29 x 23 cm. ISBN 9781909400115 In English.
Publisher's description: The notion of the painting as an art object is a relatively recent invention. The Self-Aware Image offers an impressive and complex account of the origins and development of this invention from the late Renaissance through the end of the baroque age. In comparison to the old image characterized by its preeminently liturgical function and its display in a predetermined space, the painting as the new image is increasingly autonomous and movable. As a modern art object, the painting becomes the focus of an aesthetic contemplation through its insertion into a gallery or a collection. As a result of the Protestant iconoclasm and the advancement of scientific knowledge, the essence and role of the image is put into question and thematized not only by theologians and scholars, but especially by artists. The painting thus becomes a field of visual experimentation in which art reflects on itself, its potential, its limits, its truth, and its nothingness. The representation of windows, doors, niches, mirrors, and paintings enable artists to embed the image within the image, to frame the fictiveness of the image in order to deceive, puzzle, and challenge the beholder.challenge the beholder.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 162742
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