Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies: Anamorphosis in Early Modern Theories of Perspective by Lyle Massey

Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies: Anamorphosis in Early Modern Theories of Perspective

byLyle Massey

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In Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies, Lyle Massey argues that we can only learn how and why certain kinds of spatial representation prevailed over others by carefully considering how Renaissance artists and theorists interpreted perspective. Combining detailed historical studies with broad theoretical and philosophical investigations, this book challenges basic assumptions about the way early modern artists and theorists represented their relationship to the visible world and how they understood these representations. By analyzing technical feats such as anamorphosis (the perspectival distortion of an object to make it viewable only from a certain angle), drawing machines, and printed diagrams, each chapter highlights the moments when perspective theorists failed to unite a singular, ideal viewpoint with the artist’s or viewer’s viewpoint or were unsuccessful at conjoining fictive and lived space. Showing how these “failures” were subsequently incorporated rather than rejected by perspective theorists, the book presents an important reassessment of the standard view of Renaissance perspective. While many scholars have maintained that perspective rationalized the relationships among optics, space, and painting, Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies asserts instead that Renaissance and early modern theorists often revealed a disjunction between geometrical ideals and practical applications. In some cases, they not only identified but also exploited these discrepancies. This discussion of perspective shows that the painter’s geometry did not always conform to the explicitly rational, Cartesian formula that so many have assumed, nor did it historically unfold according to a standard account of scientific development.

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Lyle Massey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal. She is the editor of The Treatise on Perspective: Published and Unpublished, Studies in the History of Art Series, vol. 59 (2003). Lyle Massey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Commun...
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Title:Picturing Space, Displacing Bodies: Anamorphosis in Early Modern Theories of PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:January 14, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271072121

ISBN - 13:9780271072128

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Corporealizing the Infinite

2 Descartes’s Point of View

3 Straightening Out Anamorphosis

4 The Body and Its Devices

Conclusion: Perspective Split in Two

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Lyle Massey has done what very few art historians have attempted, which is to develop an expertise that encompasses the history of science, philosophy, and art, in keeping with the organization of knowledge during the early modern and Enlightenment era, while also demonstrating considerable expertise in contemporary philosophy and cultural theory.”

—Claire Farago, Renaissance Quarterly