Title :

The play of memory between words and images

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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 :
Mnemonic techniques were used in the middle ages and the renaissance not only as an aid to memory, but also to create an interchange between words and images, between literature and the figurative arts. Thus they served not only to recall texts already in existence, but also to construct texts and images that could be fixed in the memory, rendering them in fact 'memorable'. A work by Francesco Sansovino (1546) provides an illustration of how mnemonic techniques could contribute to the perception of a work of art. Some of the sermons of S. Bernardino of Siena are analyzed to demonstrate the creative function of mental images in certain contexts, such as that of oral communication, where memory plays an essential role. The techniques of memory can therefore be seen as one component of a vast process of experimentation with the evocative power of images. The antique, obsolete tradition of ars memoriae can paradoxically help us to understand certain creative mechanisms that are still at work in our century. Passages from the autobiographical works of Elias Canetti provide us with a startling illustration of the role that images may play as intermediaries between memory and literary creation. ;
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French keywords :
Architecture ; Bernardin de Sienne, saint, 1380-1444 ; Canetti, Elias, 1905-1994 ; Ecrits d'artiste ; Grande-Bretagne ; Italie ; Mnémotechnie ; Mémoire ; Peinture ; Sansovino, Francesco, 1521-1583 ; 1500-1600 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Architecture ; Artists' writings ; Bernardino da Siena, S., 1380-1444 ; Canetti, Elias, 1905-1994 ; Great Britain ; Italy ; Memory ; Mnemonics ; Painting ; Sansovino, Francesco, 1521-1583 ; 1500-1600 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975564 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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