Structure, Intention and Representation

Grazer Philosophische Studien 3 (1):89-106 (1977)

The Fregean distinction between Sinn and Bedeutung can be applied also to pictures. As to pictorial representation, one may distinguish between what a picture refers to and the properties of the picture that make it possible to tell what it refers to. It is tempting to try to define or elucidate notions like depiction in terms of the Sinn of pictures. But to avoid certain obvious objections to such an approach, the properties of the picture must be construed broadly; they should not only include patches of colors and light, but also complex relational properties. This paper tries to pave the way for such an analysis of pictorial representation in terms of certain combinations of intentions, seeing as, and traditions of representation. An attempt is also made to explore the relations between pictorial representation and structural similarity, and to outline distinctions between some relevant senses of "see-as". Applications to different kinds of art are briefly discussed.
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