1st Edition

Looking In The Art of Viewing

By Mieke Bal, Norman Bryson Copyright 2001
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Mieke Bal is one of Europe's leading theorists and critics. Her work within feminist art history and cultural studies provides a fascinating alternative to prevailing thinking in these fields. The essays in this collection include Bal's brilliant analyses of the: Myth of Rembrandt Imagery of Vermeer Baroque of Caravaggio Neo-Baroque of David Reed Culture of the museum Visual representation of rape Closet in Proust Bal brings a keen visual sense to these studies, as well as an understanding of how literature represents visuality and how the ethics and aesthetics present within museums affect the cultural artifacts displayed. In his engaging commentary, eminent art historian Norman Bryson shows how Bal's original approach to the interdisciplinary study of art and visual culture has had wide- reaching influence.

    Introduction; 1: Dispersing the gaze 1; 2: Dispersing the image; 3: Calling to witness; 4: On show 1; 5: On grouping; 6: Vision in fiction; 7: Second-person narrative; 8: The knee of narcissus; Afterword


    Mieke Bal, Norman Bryson