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- DescriptionFrom late medieval reenactments of the Deposition from the Cross to Sol Lewitt's Buried Cube, Depositions is about taking down images and about images that anticipate being taken down. Foretelling their own depositions, as well as their re-elevations in contexts far from those in which they were made, the images studied in this book reveal themselves to be untimely-- truer to their first appearance than to their later reappearances. In Depositions, Amy Powell makes the case that late medieval paintings and ritual reenactments of the Deposition from the Cross t only picture the deposition of Christ (the Imago Dei) but also allegorize the deposition of the image as such and, in so doing, prefigure the lowering of dead images during the Protestant Reformation. Late medieval pre-figurations of Reformation icoclasm anticipate, in turn, the repeated deaths of art since the advent of photography: that is the premise of the vignettes devoted to twentieth-century works of art that conclude each chapter of this book. In these vignettes, images that once stood in late medieval churches w find themselves among works of art from the more recent past with which they share certain formal characteristics. These surreal encounters compel us to reckon with affinities between images from different times and places. Turning pseudomorphosis--formal resemblance where there is similarity of artistic intent -- on its head, Powell explores what happens to our understanding of historically and conceptually distant works of art when they look alike.
- Author BiographyAmy Knight Powell is Assistant Professor in Art History at the University of California, Irvine.
- Author(s)Amy Powell
- PublisherZone Books
- Date of Publication10/04/2012
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintZone Books
- Content Note8 color illus., 80 b&w illus.
- Weight730 g
- Width163 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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