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Interpreting Visual Art: Performance and Articulation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of the History of Art.
2003 (English)In: Types of Interpretation in the Aesthetic Disciplines, Mc Gill-Queen's University Press , 2003Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The article argues, with the examples of interpretations of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini portrait, that interpretation of aesthetic aspects of a work of visual art depends on subjective and performative parametres. It states that the artwork shows itself in certain ways in the interpretive act, as if "staged" according to the identifcations of the interpretation that in turn are depending on the involvement of the viewer. To be able to capture aesthetic mechanisms of a visual artwork the scholar must use her/his subjective involvement, but this condition does not exclude epistemic criteria in the evaluation of the interpretation. On the contrary, interpretations that avoids the aesthetic and subjective fall short of understanding the way the work produces meaning.

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Mc Gill-Queen's University Press , 2003.
Keyword [en]
Criticism, Interpretation, Jan van Eyck
National Category
Art History Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14950ISBN: 0-7735-2528-9 (cloth) 0-7735-2571-8OAI: diva2:181470
Available from: 2008-11-12 Created: 2008-11-12Bibliographically approved

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