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The Pleasure of Pictures
Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation

ISBN 9780367733988
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

The general aim of this volume is to investigate the nature of the relation between pictorial experience and aesthetic appreciation. In particular, it is concerned with the character and intimacy of this relationship: is there a mere causal connection between pictorial experience and aesthetic appreciation, or are the two relata constitutively associated with one another? The essays in the book’s first section investigate important conceptual issues related to the pictorial experience of paintings. In Section II, the essays discuss the notion of styles, techniques, agency, and facture, and also take into account the experience of photographic and cinematic pictures. The Pleasure of Pictures goes substantially beyond current debates in the philosophy of depiction to launch a new area of reflection in philosophical aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation: A Puzzling Relation

Jérôme Pelletier and Alberto Voltolini

Part I: Appreciation of Artworks

1. Seeing the Light: Aesthetic Appreciation and Understanding Pictures

Elisabeth Schellekens

2. Pictures: Their Power in Practice

Dominic McIver Lopes

3. It’s a Great Work But I Don’t Like It: On the Differences between Aesthetic Evaluation and Appreciation

Clotilde Calabi, Wolfgang Huemer and Marco Santambrogio

Part II: Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation

4. Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Appreciation: Wollheim Reassessed and Vindicated

Alberto Voltolini

5. Pictorial Experience and Perceptual Activity

John Zeimbekis

6. Threefold Pictorial Experience and Aesthetic Attitude

Regina-Nino Mion

7. Stylistic Deformity and Pictorial Experience

Katerina Bantinaki

8. Inflection and Representation

Jérôme Pelletier

9. Temporal Images: The Anamorphic Game and the Nature of Picture

Paolo Spinicci

10. Art Made for Pictures

John Kulvicki and Bence Nanay

Part III: Cinematic Appreciation

11. Sculpting in Time: Temporally Inflected Experience of Cinema

Robert Hopkins

12. Why to Watch a Film Twice

Enrico Terrone

Part IV: Aesthetic Appreciation, Agency and Facture

13. Pictures and their Surfaces

Gregory Currie

14. Neo-Impressionism Touch and Facture

Georges Roque

15. Evidence of Facture and the Appreciative Relevance of Artistic Activity

David Davies

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Jérôme Pelletier is a Statutary Member at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France

Alberto Voltolini is Professor in Philosophy of Mind at the University of Turin, Italy