Vertiginous mirrors: The animation of the visual image and early modern travel by Rose Marie San JuanVertiginous mirrors: The animation of the visual image and early modern travel by Rose Marie San Juan

Vertiginous mirrors: The animation of the visual image and early modern travel

byRose Marie San Juan

Hardcover | August 31, 2011

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In early modern Europe, the visual image began to move, not only as it traveled across great distances but also due to the introduction of innovative visual formats that produced animation within the image itself. This book traces the arduous journeys of visual images through evidence of their use and reproduction along missionary routes from Europe to India, Japan, China, Brazil and Chile. It argues that missionary world travel was crucial to the early modern re-animation of the image through devices such as the reflection of the mirror, the multiple registers of vision of the anthropomorphic image, the imaginative and disorienting possibilities of the utopic image, and even the reconstitution of the sacred image with memories of the relation of travel to life and death. Within the journeys traced in the book, the visual image forged new connections between different locations and across different cultures, accumulating increasingly entangled histories. Even more intriguingly, these images frequently returned to Europe, changed but still recognizable, there to be used again with an awareness of their earlier travels.
Rose Marie San Juan is Reader in History of Art at University College London.
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Title:Vertiginous mirrors: The animation of the visual image and early modern travelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0719084814

ISBN - 13:9780719084812

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * List of illustrations * Introduction: Dying to see * I. Travel and the re-animation of the image * II. Resemblance between proximity and distance * The anthropomorphic image: negotiations of space between body and landscape * The imperfect replica: departures and arrivals from Naples to Nagasaki * The visionary image: the return of the image from Brazil to Rome * The utopic Image: unsettling circuits between Chile and Rome * Epilogue: The proliferation of the body: Francis Xavier in Goa * Bibliography * Index