Perspective as Symbolic Form

Perspective as Symbolic Form Here at last is a published translation of this classic essay available for many years in every major European language except English It first appeared in and its status has since been establis

  • Title: Perspective as Symbolic Form
  • Author: Erwin Panofsky Christopher S. Wood
  • ISBN: 9780942299533
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here at last is a published translation of this classic essay, available for many years in every major European language except English It first appeared in 1927 and its status has since been established by the numerous commentators who have referred to it as the source of a new kind of interpretation of perspective Robin Evans, AA Files Erwin Panofsky s PerspecHere at last is a published translation of this classic essay, available for many years in every major European language except English It first appeared in 1927 and its status has since been established by the numerous commentators who have referred to it as the source of a new kind of interpretation of perspective Robin Evans, AA Files Erwin Panofsky s Perspective as Symbolic Form is one of the great works of modern intellectual history, the legendary text that has dominated all art historical and philosophical discussions on the topic of perspective in this century Finally available in English, this unrivaled example of Panofsky s early method places him within broader developments in theories of knowledge and cultural change Here, drawing on a massive body of learning that ranges over Antique philosophy, theology, science, and optics as well as the history of art, Panofsky produces a type of archeology of Western representation that far surpasses the usual scope of art historical studies Perspective in Panofsky s hands becomes a central component of a Western will to form, the expression of a schema linking the social, cognitive, psychological, and especially technical practices of a given culture into harmonious and integrated wholes He demonstrates how the perceptual schema of each historical culture or epoch is unique and how each gives rise to a different but equally full vision of the world Panofsky articulates these distinct spatial systems, explicating their particular coherence and compatibility with the modes of knowledge, belief, and exchange that characterized the cultures in which they arose Our ownmodernity, Panofsky shows, is inseparable from its peculiarly mathematical expression of the concept of the infinite, within a space that is both continuous and homogenous Distributed for Zone Books

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    1. Erwin Panofsky was a German art historian, whose academic career was pursued almost entirely in the U.S after the rise of the Nazi regime In 1935, while teaching concurrently at New York University and Princeton University something he continued to do his entire career , he was invited to join the faculty of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton From 1947 to 1948 Panofsky was the Charles Eliot Norton professor at Harvard University Panofsky s work remains highly influential in the modern academic study of iconography Many of his works remain in print, including Studies in Iconology Humanist Themes in the Art of the Renaissance 1939 , and his eponymous 1943 study of Albrecht D rer His work has greatly influenced the theory of taste developed by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, in books such as The Rules of Art or Distinction In particular, Bourdieu first adapted his notion of habitus from Panofsky s Gothic Architecture and ism.

    2. I still enjoy re-reading Panofsky. In a bizare twist, I randomly met his granddaughter in a Wallgreen's.

    3. Trabajo seminal en el campo del estudio de la perspectiva y uno de las obras canónicas en la producción panofskiana. No obstante, considero que es un libro de escaso interés para quién no sea un académico en el campo de la historia del arte. El lenguaje es pesado y técnico, y el autor no expresa las ideas con la misma claridad que caracteriza otras de sus obras. Para comprender por entero los argumentos de Panofsky el lector deberá, con frecuencia, inturrimpir la lectura para remitirse a [...]

    4. I found this book amazingly good. Panofsky is a great art theorist and historian, with a deep knowledge and a clear and rich writing style. This book speculates on the birth of Perspective and on its prominent role in the developings of Western Art. Surely it's not the simplest book you'll come across, but it's dense contents are nonetheless expressed in a beautifully clear way.

    5. Algo confuso, ciertamente se necesita una clase o dos de teoría del arte para enteder "la carne" de este libro, como siempre algo interpretativo, pero acertado y bien argumentado, un clásico de la historia del arte

    6. Escribe de maravilla y todo está muy claro O eso pienso hasta que el profesor de Renacimiento hace preguntas extrañas sobre el temario.

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