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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

Type of Research: Article
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/
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: aesthetics
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Charles University, Prague
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: May 2011
Copyright Holders: Estetika, Author
Related Websites: http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 2949
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2949

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