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Title :

Michael Baxandall and the shadows in Plato's cave

Author :
POTTS, Alex ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Shadows usually lie on the periphery of our visual awareness and yet they constitute visual appearances. Starting from Michael Baxandall's discussion of this paradox in his recent work on painting and visual cognition in the Enlightenment [Shadows and Enlightenment, 1995], this article explores the kinds of shadowing that occur in 18th-c. art and also the ambiguous status of shadow effects in contemporary art. It argues that Baxandall's concerns have significant affinities with those of one of the more important Minimalist artists, Donald Judd. The way Baxandall in his study of shadows seems to abandon the social and cultural historical ambitions of his earlier analysis of Renaissance art, and to adopt a more phenomenological approach, focusing on a viewer's immediate visual engagement with a work, is seen here as symptomatic of a larger shift in the discipline - namely the demise of the systematically historicizing imperative previously more or less taken for granted in serious art historical scholarship. ;
Pagination/Size :
2 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Art ; Baxandall, Michael, n.1933 ; Ecrits ; Etats-Unis ; France ; Grande-Bretagne ; Historiens de l'art ; Judd, Donald, 1928-1994 ; Ombre ; Peinture ; Perception ; Sculpture ; Siècle des lumières ; Théorie de l'art ; 1700-1800 ; 1700-2000 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Art historians ; Art theory ; Baxandall, Michael, b.1933 ; Enlightenment ; France ; Great Britain ; Judd, Donald, 1928-1994 ; Painting ; Perception ; Sculpture ; Shadow ; United States ; Writings ; 1700-1800 ; 1700-2000 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1998, 21, 4, Dec
INIST identifier :
24998320 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;