Gerhard Wolf

Augenflug und Federbild - Bildkonzepte zwischen Metaphern und Materialitäten

Vortrag im Rahmen der Konferenz "Frames of Viewing"

Gerhard Wolf

Gerhard Wolf

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Winged eyes and feather(ed) pictures. Early Modern Concepts of Image
Between Metaphors and Materiality
This contribution studies the tension between the flying or "fixed" eye and material images in scientific as well as artistic discourses of the Early Modern period. It analyses the metaphorology of pictures (seen as window, mirror, shadow or veil) in Alberti, Cusanus and Leonardo, with a special focus on the various theories or legends of the origin of images. Under these premises my talk will question the complex relationships between different models of perception/representation and the materiality or technique of early modern pictures, Netherlandish oil paintings as well as Mexican feather mosaics, in their changing frames.

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Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles und Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.


Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany




, May 22, 2003



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