Lives of Images

Peter Mason

Lives of Images
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Peter Mason

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224 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781861891143 Published April 2004 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $17.50 to $35.00 ISBN: 9781861894540 Published April 2004
In the Lives of Images, Peter Mason examines four striking case studies involving the production and transmission of visual images of non-European peoples. Beginning with what has been taken to be the earliest three-dimensional European representation of Native Americans, he then focuses on the migration of such images via 16th century Meso-American codices to the murals painted by Diego Rivera four centuries later. Mason also looks at the relationship between drawing and engraving of natives of Formosa by Georges Psalmanaazaar, who never traveled to that country. Finally, he examines representations of the native peoples of Tierra del Fuego, from their first encounters with Europeans in the late 16th century to the present, paying particular attention to their visual traces in the work of such well-known artists as Odilon Redon.

Mason’s fascinating study teases out some of the implications of these particular cases to discover a concept of the image that is both primary and can truly be said to have a life of its own.
1. The Lives (and Deaths) of Fuegians and Their Images
2. Being There
3. From America to Oxfordshire?
4. The Purloined Codex
5. Images and Objects
Photographic Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
Mark Harris | Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"The scholarship behind this book is impressive, and never oppressive."
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