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Understanding Pictures

by Dominic Lopes

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  • ISBN: 9780198240976
  • ISBN10: 019824097X

Understanding Pictures

by Dominic Lopes

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780198240976
  • ISBN10: 019824097X
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Description: There are not one but many ways to picture the worldAustralian 'x-ray' pictures, cubist collages, Amerindian split-style figures, and pictures in two-point perspective each draw attention to different features of what they represent. The premise of Understanding Pictures is that this diversity is the central fact with which a theory of figurative pictures must reckon. Lopes argues that identifying pictures' subjects is akin to recognizing objects whose appearances have changed over the time. He develops a scheme for categorizing the different ways pictures represent - the different kinds of meaning they have - and he contends that depiction's epistemic value lies in its representational diversity. He also offers a novel account of the phenomenology of pictorial experience, comparing pictures to visual prostheses like mirrors and binoculars. The book concludes with a discussion of works of art which have made pictorial meaning their theme, demonstrating the importance of the issues this book raises for understanding the aesthetics of pictures.
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