Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype Within Images and Other Objects

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Rupert Shepherd, Robert Maniura
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Art - 322 pages
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In about 25 BC, tribesmen of the kingdom of Meroe placed a bronze head of Augustus, cut from a full-length statue, beneath the steps of a temple of victory: the decapitated head of the Emperor was thus regularly trampled underfoot. Two millennia later, during the second Gulf War, Iraqis 'insulted' a toppled bronze statue of Saddam Hussein by beating it with their shoes. Do these chronologically distant but apparently related examples of the defamation of images imply that the persons represented were regarded by their detractors as in some way 'present' in the images? Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects reconsiders the notion of 'presence' in objects. The first book to address the issue directly, it contains a series of case studies covering a broad geographical and chronological range from ancient Greece and the Incas to industrial America and contemporary India, as well as examples from the canon of western European art.
 

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Contents

Introduction l
1
Wen Zhengming on imaging
31
the monumental cross in the Italian church
47
Installing absence? The consecration of a Jina image
71
Appars guide to devotional
87
Metonymy in Inca art
105
Poussins conception of figures and
121
Psychological analysis of deciding if something is presented
135
Trompe Ioeil painting and the deceived viewer
173
The representation of soul by Rembrandt
191
images and healing pilgrimage in classical
205
rethinking the fetish
231
The image of the Roman emperor
243
Sound Observer and ways of representing presences
259
Bibliography
279
Index
299

What is presence?
161

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About the author (2006)

Robert Maniura is at the School of History of Art, Film and Media, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

Rupert Shepherd is currently based in the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK.

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