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Inlevelse och vetenskap - om tolkning av bildkonst
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of the History of Art.
2007 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)Alternative title
Involvement and Subjectivity in Scholarly Interpretations of Visual Art (English)
Abstract [en]

The main idea of the book is to claim a performative theory of interpretation concerning visual art. Throughout the work, aesthetic, subjective, and performative aspects of meaning in visual art are related and the patterns of these relations are examined.

The idea is that there are two levels of meaning in an interpretation of a visual artwork; one is semantic and categorical, based on identification of genre, medium, subject matter, and historical circumstances; the other is performative in the way that the identified work seems to “act out” its meaning to the recipient whose involvement is aroused.

Part I is an examination of some leading art historical interpretations of works by Jan van Eyck and Nicolas Poussin. Here the idea is to show the impact of involvement on scholarly interpretations.

Part II is an extended reflection on aesthetic properties in art, in relation to the beholder’s involvement. Philosophical reflection in the field of aesthetics is juxtaposed to art historical interpretive strategies.

Part III deals with imagination in relation to visual art. A section treats perspective in visual art in terms of imagination and involvement.

Part IV contains specific analyses of a number of artworks: two Baroque works (an altarpiece and an epitaph in Swedish churches), and four works from the contemporary art scene (by Sophie Tottie, Eva Koch, Måns Wrange, and Peter Hagdahl).

Concluding remarks contain epistemological evaluations of the performative meaning issued in an interpretation of an artwork. It is held here that the performative level of an interpretation depends on the semantic and categorical, but that it also works as a corrective or test in relation to this primary level of meaning.

Abstract [sv]

Undersökningen utgör en demonstration av och ett hävdande av en performativ tolkningsteori vad gäller tolkning av konst. Utgångsproblemet är hur forskarens subjektivitet inverkar på tolkning av konst och på det tolkade konstverket.

En rad analysexempel diskuteras, från 1400-tal till nutid (med betoning på barock och nutid) med frågeställningar om hur inlevelsen går till och om vilken/vilka slags kunskap tolkning med subjektiv halt rymmer. Den performativa meningen i konstverket, förknippad med subjektiva och estetiska aspekter, betraktas som beroende av en primär, semantisk och historisk mening.

Metoden innebär begreppsanalys samt konstverksanalys med betoning på inlevelsemekanismerna – interaktionen mellan visningsplatsen, verkets estetiska funktioner och de förmågor och reaktioner hos betraktaren som kan antas utpekade av verkets uttryck.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bokförlaget Atlantis AB , 2007. , 285 p.
Keyword [en]
interpretation of art, subjectivity, imagination, performativity
National Category
Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7158ISBN: 978-91-7353-140-5OAI: diva2:197742
Available from: 2007-11-13 Created: 2007-11-13Bibliographically approved

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