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Visuality before and beyond the Renaissance
Seeing as Others Saw

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

Robert S. Nelson, Irene Winter, Jas' Elsner, Shadi Bartsch, Georgia Frank, Eugene Y. Wang, Cynthia Hahn, Visio Dei, Michael Camille, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts
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  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2006
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521652223

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  • How do people understand vision and the act of seeing? What is the eye and how is it understood to be connected to the brain? How do people look at gods and how do the gods look at people? And what can images tell us about these processes? Visuality Before and Beyond the Renaissance examines the phenomenon of 'seeing' through a study of art works from ancient Mesopotamia, China, Africa and European works ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. It demonstrates that in ancient and distant societies, the act of seeing has been and is understood in diverse ways with consequences for the production of art, the practice of religion, and the individual's perception of her world and herself. Treating diverse cultures and using a variety of methods from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, this book exposes the cultural contexts in which visual perception develops.

    • Repositions readers from within by suggesting the ways that people in the past literally saw their worlds and themselves
    • Spans three continents - Asia, Europe, and Africa - from the third millennium B.C.E. to the sixteenth century and modern Africa
    • Will interest scholars in many fields, including art history, religious studies, history of science, classics, philosophy, and anthropology
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    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521652223
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 188 x 263 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.895kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2006
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Descartes's cow and other domestications of the visual Robert S. Nelson
    1. The eyes have it: votive statuary, Gilgamesh's axe and cathected viewing in the ancient Near East Irene Winter
    2. Between mimesis and divine power: visuality in the Graeco-Roman world Jas' Elsner
    3. The philosopher as Narcissus: vision, sexuality, and self-knowledge in classical antiquity Shadi Bartsch
    4. The Pilgrim's gaze in the age before icons Georgia Frank
    5. Watching the steps: peripatetic vision in medieval China Eugene Y. Wang
    6. To say and to see: Ekphrasis and vision in Byzantium Robert S. Nelson
    7. Changes in Medieval visuality Cynthia Hahn and Visio Dei
    8. Before the gaze: the internal senses and late Medieval visuality Michael Camille
    9. Displaying secrets: visual piety in Senegal Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts.

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    Robert S. Nelson, University of Chicago

    Contributors

    Robert S. Nelson, Irene Winter, Jas' Elsner, Shadi Bartsch, Georgia Frank, Eugene Y. Wang, Cynthia Hahn, Visio Dei, Michael Camille, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts

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