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Neither here nor elsewhere: displacement devices in representing the supernatural

Wilder, Ken (2011) Neither here nor elsewhere: displacement devices in representing the supernatural. Estetika: Central European Journal of aesthetics, 2011 (1). ISSN 00141291 [Historical and Philosophical studies > History of Art
Creative Arts and Design > Fine Art]
Creators:Wilder, Ken

How might the supernatural be represented in those religious paintings that imply continuity between the virtual space of painting and the real space of the beholder? Such an implied continuity might be thought to threaten a necessary distance demanded of religious works. This paper examines how a number of Italian paintings employ strategies for representing the supernatural through displacement devices that open up a 'gap' within perception - an inviolable space that is implied as being outside of normal spatiotemporal relations. The contention is that these distancing devices are dependent upon an imagined spatial proximity that is established but then broken. They exploit inherent ambiguities as to where a painting is relative to its beholder, through the withholding of perspectival distance and positional cues for a discrete section of the work.

Official Website:http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/
Type of Research:Article
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:aesthetics
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:Charles University, Prague
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design
Date:May 2011
Copyright Holders:Estetika, Author
Related Websites:http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/forthcoming/
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
ID Code:2949
Deposited By:Ken Wilder
Deposited On:13 Feb 2012 11:35
Last Modified:13 Feb 2012 11:35
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