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Invisible Masterpiece
By Hans Belting

The Invisible Masterpiece

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Invisible Masterpiece by Hans Belting

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The 'invisible masterpiece' is an unattainable ideal, a work into which a dream of absolute art is incorporated but can never be realized. By means of this metaphor borrowed from Balzac, Hans Belting shows the variety of ways in which the status and meaning of the masterpiece have been elevated and denigrated since the early nineteenth century. The history of the masterpiece coincided with the history of the public museum. Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" and other celebrated paintings preoccupied later artists, who felt burdened by the one-time cult of the masterpiece as it had been transformed into the cult of visible works of art. Following Duchamp, artists became increasingly resistant to the notion of the masterpiece. Beginning in the 1960s, Conceptual and Minimal artists concentrated on ephemeral forms and manufactured multiple copies in order to reject the outmoded status of the one-off masterpiece and the art market that fed off it. "The Invisible Masterpiece" reveals works, events and individuals in the history of Western art in a wholly novel way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861891082
ISBN-10: 1861891083
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 168mm x 31mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 30-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Proposes an anthropological theory for interpreting human picture making. Refusing to reduce images to their material embodiment yet acknowledging the importance of the historical media in which images are manifested, this book presents a challenging and provocative account of what pictures are and how they function.

Florence and Baghdad by Hans Belting Florence and Baghdad, Hardback (September 2011)

The theory of perspective, which allowed Florentine artists to depict the world from a spectator's point of view, originated in Baghdad with an eleventh-century mathematician. Using the metaphor of the mutual gaze, Belting narrates the encounter between science and art, Arab Baghdad and Renaissance Florence, that revolutionized Western culture.

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Author Biography - Hans Belting

Hans Belting is Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany, and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1994).

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