By (author) Dominic Lopes
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Understanding Pictures by Dominic Lopes
Book DescriptionThere are many ways to picture the world - Australian '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 time. He develops a schema 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199272037
(215mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dominic Lopes
Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, Hardback (April 2013)
The third edition of 'The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics' contains 54 chapters written by leading international scholars covering all aspects of aesthetics. The volume is structured in four parts: history, aesthetic theory, issues and challenges, and individual arts.
Understanding Pictures, Hardback (March 1996)» View all books by Dominic Lopes
This book examines the kinds of visual and cultural skills viewers needs to have to understand pictures. It addresses how pictures reflect their cultural and historical contexts and yet be understood outside those contexts and explains how pictures are capable of conveying information other media cannot.
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