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Forgery, Replica, Fiction Temporalities of German Renaissance Art

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ISBN-10: 0226905977

ISBN-13: 9780226905976

Edition: 2008

Authors: Christopher S. Wood

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Today we often identify artifacts with the period when they were made. In more traditional cultures, however, such objects as pictures, effigies, and buildings were valued not as much for their chronological age as for their perceived links to the remote origins of religions, nations, monasteries, and families. As a result, Christopher Wood argues, premodern Germans tended not to distinguish between older buildings and their newer replacements, or between ancient icons and more recent forgeries. But Wood shows that over the course of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, emerging replication technologies-such as woodcut, copper engraving, and movable type-altered the relationship between artifacts and time. Mechanization highlighted the artifice, materials, and individual authorship necessary to create an object, calling into question the replica7;s ability to represent a history that was not its own. Meanwhile, print catalyzed the new discipline of archaeological scholarship, which began to draw sharp distinctions between true and false claims about the past. Ultimately, as forged replicas lost their value as historical evidence, they found a new identity as the intentionally fictional image-making we have come to understand as art.
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Christopher S. Wood is Professor in the Department of History of Art, Yale University. He is the author of Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape, and the editor of The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s (Zone Books, 2000).

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Credulity
Druid portraits
How to relax the paradox
Strange temporalities of the artifact
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
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
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
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
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
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
Figure Credits
Index