Title :

Out of time : ruins as places of remembering in Italian painting ca. 1500

Author :
HANSEN, Maria Fabricius ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
With a mental construction of architecturally defined places and striking images, the classical art of memory proposed a system of remembering. When ruins began to appear in the renaissance as a subject matter for painting, they assumed a function in art analogous to the architectural places and images of mnemonics. The visual representations of ruins were inseparable from the modern perspective of time and space, and ancient architecture became an object of contemplation as a sign both of the lost past and of the passing of time. The ruinous structures exposed by time were reminiscences of an irretrievable golden age, both literally as regarding antiquity, and by implication, as the corporeality and temporality of the fallen buildings were associated with original sin and the fall. Half-buried relics of antiquity, they embodied a wish to recollect the past; unlimited and undefinable, they were metaphors of infinity and mementoes of the inevitability of death and of the impossibility of overcoming the distance of time. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Antique (art) ; Antiquité ; Architecture ; Iconographie ; Italie ; Peinture ; Ruines ; 1400-1500 ;
Descriptors :
Ancient ; Antiquity ; Architecture ; Iconography ; Italy ; Painting ; Ruins ; 1400-1500 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975651 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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