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Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

1st Edition

By Emmanouil Kalkanis

Macat Library

128 pages

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Description

Erwin Panofsky’s Meaning in the Visual Arts is considered a key work in art history. Its ideas have provoked widespread debate, and although it was first published more than sixty years ago, it continues to feature regularly on numerous university reading lists.

Meaning in the Visual Arts comprises nine essays. In these, Panofsky argues for the independence of iconology as a branch of history. He moves on to demonstrate the anatomy of art and its study, as well as the controlling principles of interpretation. He then deals with the theories of human proportions, Gothic architecture, and the Northern Renaissance. Finally, Panofsky discusses his own American experiences.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text

Who was Erwin Panofsky?

What does Meaning in the Visual Arts say?

Why does Meaning in the Visual Arts matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

About the Author

Emmanouil Kalkanis was awarded his PhD by the University of Durham for a thesis on visual culture, the reception of art, and the history of collecting. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, and has published on the reception of classical art by early-modern artistic practice, including the history of the reception of the iconography of the well-known Meidias hydria. He is currently working for the Greek Ministry of Culture, involved in an excavation project in western Greece, including archeological research, data collecting and object documentation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General