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Art history as ekphrasis

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This paper makes a case for the essentially rhetorical nature of the art-historical enterprise: description is the key act which both translates the object's object-hood into words appropriable for art-historical argument and betrays that object-hood by making the object something other than it materially is, a word-picture. The act of description is not innocent; it is both the product of a series of genres for describing objects and it tendentiously helps the object into an initial verbal f...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Role:
Author
Journal:
Art History
Volume:
33
Issue:
1
Pages:
10-27
Publication date:
2010-02-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1467-8365
ISSN:
0141-6790
Source identifiers:
199652
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:199652
UUID:
uuid:a7e1da27-10d8-4005-8e4e-cf5badae2387
Local pid:
pubs:199652
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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