When the French edition of Confronting Images appeared in , it won To escape from this cul-de-sac, Didi-Huberman suggests that art historians look to. GEORGES DIDI-HUBERMAI. CONFRONTING IMAGES. QUESTIONING THE ENDS OF A CERTAIN HISTORY OF ART. Translated from the French by John. among the Ga of Ghana, focusing particularly on the funerary object-image 5 For Didi-Huberman, , Confronting Images Questioning the Ends of a Certain .

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What did their interpretations consist of? For everything proceeded from idealism.

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The extreme form of this tie might, in the end, be articulated as follows: Thus we can say that, in the narrow space of these thirty years, the historian let himself be trapped by an anachronistic past, when he thought only about escaping the trap of the anachronistic present. There is, then, a real work, a constraint of not-knowledge in confrontkng great theological systems themselves.

There is no Hubwrman unconscious In the angel’s hand there shone forth a torch — and through it that concept essential to the whole Vasarian problematic: Metaphysical trap and positivist trap Second platitude: What we read there, of course, is a story — a historia such as Alberti deemed the reason and final cause for all painted composi- tions 2. This would be, I repeat, the task of a prohlematized history of the history of art. For it is writing that remembers: Such is its considerable fascination, such is its aura.

The reasons for which Freud created a framework of intelligibility under the aegis of the unconscious, the pharmakon par excellence of all the human sciences. How the visible takes huebrman meaning. But what, fundamentally, is a spontaneous philosophy? Interpretive violence From antithesis to synthesis.

Confronting Images : Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

Account Options Sign in. When we read, for example, the already classic text by Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Confroting Italy, we have the reassuring impression of a period finally considered through its own eyes.


This not-knowledge is double: What can we know about a cloud, save by guessing, and without ever grasping it completely? Moreover, only a few more moments in the little cell are needed to experience how the frontal white of the Annunciation manages to metamorphose into a besieging power.

We would agree to imagine, the sole safety-rail being our poor historical knowledge, how a fifteenth-century Dominican named Fra Angelico could in his works pass on the chain of knowledge, but also break it up to the point of its unraveling completely, so as to displace its paths and make them signify elsewhere, otherwise.

It is called the inconceivable, the mystery. Only the two contronting have been emphasized: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Penn State Press Amazon. And History of Art, Reason 93 this history was henceforth recounted in accordance with a legitima- tion procedure that tallied no longer with the social world of the academies, much less with that of the princely courts, but rather with that of the university.

The very old requirement of figurability 7. If there is nothing between the angel and the Virgin in his Annunciation, that is because the nothing bore witness to the indescribable and unfigurable divine voice to which Angelico, like the Virgin, was obliged to submit completely.

What reaches us immediately and straightaway is marked with trouble, like a self-evidence that is somehow obscure. Return to Cesare Ripa. We still have some monuments, but we no longer know the world that required them; we still have some words, but we no longer know the utterances that sustained them; we still have some images, but we no longer know huberma gazes that gave them flesh; we have descriptions of rites, but we no longer know either their phe- nomenology or their exact efficacy value.

The presentation of the work, the dramaturgy of its immediate visuality are integral to the work itself, and to the pictorial strategy specific to Fra Angelico. Thus it remains pertinent to theoretical issues within the discipline — pertinent to its ends.


The positive way pertains to being aware of something: This is the reverence, a politesse of power signifying roughly: When Albertus Magnus or his followers glossed the Annunciation, they saw in it something like a crystalline unique event, and at the same immages they saw in it an absolutely extravagant efflorescence of inclusive or associated meanings, of virtual connections, of memories, of prophecies touching upon everything, from confrontiing creation of Adam to the end of time, from the simple form of the letter M the initial of Mary hubreman the prodigious construction of angelic hierarchies.

Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art

The history of art is a history of imbroglios Resemblance to life, resemblance to death. I will tell you what you are, you work of art, when you are dead.

The maker of Mnemosyne, that heterodox and disturbing montage of images capable of sounding together in har- monies that elude all historicist demonstration. What we contronting there, of course, is a story—a storia such as Alberti deemed the reason and final cause for all painted compositions. Of transposed legibilities, but also of a work of opening —and thus of breaking and entering, of symptom formation—effected in the order of the legible, and beyond it.

So the white murmured to the person gazing upon it: Confronting Images is arguably the most important book-length analysis of the conceptual foundations of the discipline, and critique of the discipline, in any language. If drawing is the Idea, then it is innate: Its mere presentation makes of confrojting the impossible material of a light offered with its obstacle: cofnronting