Understanding Pictures

Oxford University Press (1996)
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Dominic McIver Lopes
University of British Columbia
Abstract
There is not one but many ways to picture the world--Australian "x-ray" pictures, cubish collages, Amerindian split-style figures, and pictures in two-point perspective each draw attention to different features of what they represent. Understanding Pictures argues that this diversity is the central fact with which a theory of figurative pictures must reckon. Lopes advances the theory that identifying pictures' subjects is akin to recognizing objects whose appearances have changed over time. He develops a schema for categorizing the different ways pictures represent--the different kinds of meaning they have--and argues that that depiction's epistemic value lies in its representational diversity. He also offers a novel account of the phenomenology of pictorial experience, comparing pictures to visual prostheses like mirrors and binoculars.
Keywords Aesthetics   Pictures
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Call number BH39.L596 1996
ISBN(s) 0199272034   9780199272037     019824097X (hbk.)   9780198240976
DOI 10.2307/432213
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