To Destroy Painting

Louis Marin

To Destroy Painting
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Louis Marin

Translated by Mette Hjort
196 pages | 22 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1994
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780226505343 Published March 1995
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780226505350 Published March 1994
The work of the eminent French cultural critic Louis Marin (1931-92) is becoming increasingly important to English-speaking scholars concerned with issues of representation. To Destroy Painting, first published in France in 1977, marks a milestone in Marin's thought about the aims of painting in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A meditation on the work of Poussin and Caravaggio and on their milieux, the book explores a number of notions implied by theories of painting and offers insight into the aims and effects of visual representaion.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Postscript in the Guise of an Introduction
Key Texts
Allegory: The Golden Bough or the Theory of Mimesis
Questions, Hypotheses, Discourse
Readings
Denegation
The Arcadian Landscape
On Nominal Sentences, Fragments, Epitaphs, and Epigraphs
A Letter, a Shadow, and an Interpretive Key
Theoretical and Methodological Introduction
An Analytic Strategy and a Mythical Ruse
The Portrait in the Convex Mirror
The Medusa Head as Historical Painting
Psychoanalytic Interlude
Of Light, Shadows, and Narrative
Et in arca hoc
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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