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
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.