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Iconotropism: Turning Toward Pictures Ellen Spolsky

Iconotropism: Turning Toward Pictures

Ellen Spolsky

Published December 6th 2004
ISBN : 9780838755426
Hardcover
210 pages
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This is the first collection of word and image studies set within the perspective of the cognitive study of interpretation. The editors claim that pictures and texts arise from the biological as well as the social interaction of individual artists,MoreThis is the first collection of word and image studies set within the perspective of the cognitive study of interpretation. The editors claim that pictures and texts arise from the biological as well as the social interaction of individual artists, viewers, and readers with their environments is exemplified by the selection of original essays ranging from studies of Raphael, Titian, and Carracci, to an emblematic portrait by Georgia OKeeffe, and to drawings retrieved from German concentration camps. This collection begins the work - surely to be expanded by art historians and theorists of the image, as interest in cognition and interpretation itself spreads - of investigating what can be learned about the interpretation of pictures within their historical contexts when an innate iconotropism, or hunger for what can be known from pictures, is assumed. Illustrated Ellen Spolsky is Professor of English and Director of the Lechter Institute for Literary Research at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.