Sight and Spirituality in Early Netherlandish Painting examines the importance of vision as a narrative and thematic concern in works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Roger van der Weyden. Bret Rothstein argues that their paintings invited the viewer to demonstrate a variety of mental skills. Depicting religious visual experience, these works alluded to the imperceptibility of the divine and implicated the viewer's own experience as part of a larger spiritual and intellectual process. Rothstein demonstrates how and why the act of seeing became a highly valued skill, one to be refined and displayed, as well as a source of competition among both artists and patrons.Read more
- The accent of this book on the historicity of vision should appeal not only to art historians but also philosophers and students of theology
- The interdisciplinary approach of this book will allow it to appeal to other disciplines including history and literary history
- Treatment of pictures gives an opportunity to reframe traditional debates between painting and self-awareness
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- Date Published: August 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521832786
- length: 274 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 198 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.855kg
- contains: 46 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: forms of interest in early Netherlandish painting. 1. Picturing vision
2. The imagination of imagelessness
3. The devotional image as social ornament
4. Reflexivity and senses of painterly strength
Epilogue: notes on the rise of visual skill.
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