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Power of Images Studies in the History and Theory of Response

ISBN-10: 0226261468
ISBN-13: 9780226261461
Edition: 1991 (Reprint)
Authors: David Freedberg
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/28/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

"This learned and heavy volume should be placed on the shelves of every art historical library."--E. H. Gombrich, New York Review of Books "This is an engaged and passionate work by a writer with powerful convictions about art, images, aesthetics, the art establishment, and especially the discipline of art history. It is animated by an extraordinary erudition."--Arthur C. Danto, The Art Bulletin "Freedberg's ethnographic and historical range is simply stunning. . . . The Power of Images is an extraordinary critical achievement, exhilarating in its polemic against aesthetic orthodoxy, endlessly fascinating in its details. . . . This is a powerful, disturbing book."--T. J. Jackson Lears, Wilson Quarterly "Freedberg helps us to see that one cannot do justice to the images of art unless one recognizes in them the entire range of human responses, from the lowly impulses prevailing in popular imagery to their refinement in the great visions of the ages."--Rudolf Arnheim, Times Literary Supplement

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Power of Images: Response and Repression
The God in the Image
The Value of the Commonplace
The Myth of Aniconism
Consecration: Making Images Work
Image and Pilgrimage
The Votive Image: Invoking Favor and Giving Thanks
Invisibilia per visibilia: Meditation and the Uses of Theory
Verisimilitude and Resemblance: From Sacred Mountain to Waxworks
Infamy, Justice, and Witchcraft: Explanation, Sympathy, and Magic
Live Images: The Worth of Visions and Tales
Arousal by Image
The Senses and Censorship
Idolatry and Iconoclasm
Representation and Reality Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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