The Secret Lives of Artworks
Title
The Secret Lives of Artworks
Subtitle
Exploring the Boundaries between Art and Life
Price
€ 46,50
ISBN
9789087281397
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
411
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Table of Contents
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Introduction: Exploring the Boundaries Between Art and Life
Part One Portrayal. In What Sense Can Images Be Said to Be Alive?
1 The Living Presence of the Gods in Ancient Greece
2 Da’ più scorretti abusata
3 Perpetual Presences
4 Double-Sided Portraits
5 Not Painting but Flesh
6 Monteverdi’s Voice
7 Metallic Presence
8 Imitation as Animation
Part Two.What Makes Viewers Say that Images Are Animated?
Visual Representation as Real Presence
10 Passeri’s Vite
11 The Significance of Fluids
12 Bodies Made Present
13 Hieronymus Cock’s Effigies
Part Three What Goes on in Viewers’ Minds?
14 The Public Lives of Artworks
15 Living Stones, Crying Walls
16 Depiction, Make-Believe and Participatory Imagining
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

The Secret Lives of Artworks

Exploring the Boundaries between Art and Life

The Secret Lives of Artworks is a collection of essays on the phenomenon that viewers treat works of art as living beings: they attribute life, personhood and agency to them, kiss them, beat them, or claim that portraits look at viewers, and that statues move, breathe and speak. This volume engages in existent theories of these phenomena in art history, psychology, aesthetics and anthropology developed by the members of the Leiden ‘Art, Agency and Living Presence’ group. The Secret Lives of Art Works identifies new areas of research and presents the theoretical and historical account exploring the boundaries between ‘Art and Life’.
Editors

Caroline van Eck

Prof. dr. Caroline van Eck is professor of Architectural History and Theory at Leiden University.

Elsje van Kessel

Elsje van Kessel is PHD art historian and fellow at the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.

Joris van Gastel

Joris van Gastel, formerly researcher at Leiden University‘s research project Art, Agency and Living Presence in Early Modern Italy, is research fellow at the University of Warwick.