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Here at last is a published translation of this classic essay, available for many years in every major European language except English. It first appeared in 1927 ... and its status has since been established by the numerous commentators who have referred to it as the source of a new kind of interpretation of perspective." -- Robin Evans, AA Files Erwin Panofsky's "PerspecHere at last is a published translation of this classic essay, available for many years in every major European language except English. It first appeared in 1927 ... and its status has since been established by the numerous commentators who have referred to it as the source of a new kind of interpretation of perspective." -- Robin Evans, AA Files Erwin Panofsky's "Perspective as Symbolic Form" is one of the great works of modern intellectual history, the legendary text that has dominated all art historical and philosophical discussions on the topic of perspective in this century. Finally available in English, this unrivaled example of Panofsky's early method places him within broader developments in theories of knowledge and cultural change. Here, drawing on a massive body of learning that ranges over Antique philosophy, theology, science, and optics as well as the history of art, Panofsky produces a type of "archeology" of Western representation that far surpasses the usual scope of art historical studies. Perspective in Panofsky's hands becomes a central component of a Western "will to form, " the expression of a schema linking the social, cognitive, psychological, and especially technical practices of a given culture into harmonious and integrated wholes. He demonstrates how the perceptual schema of each historical culture or epoch is unique and how each gives rise to a different but equally full vision of the world. Panofsky articulates these distinct spatial systems, explicating their particular coherence and compatibility with the modes of knowledge, belief, and exchange that characterized the cultures in which they arose. Our ownmodernity, Panofsky shows, is inseparable from its peculiarly mathematical expression of the concept of the infinite, within a space that is both continuous and homogenous."Distributed for Zone Books...

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ISBN : 9780942299526
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 196 Pages
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Perspective as Symbolic Form Reviews

  • William West
    2019-03-14 23:13

    I still enjoy re-reading Panofsky. In a bizare twist, I randomly met his granddaughter in a Wallgreen's.

  • Hayk Martirosyan
    2019-02-28 19:05

    Perspective transforms psychophysiological space into mathematical space.

  • Max Maslansky
    2019-03-01 00:09

    The best book you can get on the history and symbolic function of perspective in Western Art

  • Em
    2019-03-05 23:11

    Impressive footnotes + textual values

  • Rubén Jerez
    2019-03-14 22:02

    Trabajo seminal en el campo del estudio de la perspectiva y uno de las obras canónicas en la producción panofskiana. No obstante, considero que es un libro de escaso interés para quién no sea un académico en el campo de la historia del arte. El lenguaje es pesado y técnico, y el autor no expresa las ideas con la misma claridad que caracteriza otras de sus obras. Para comprender por entero los argumentos de Panofsky el lector deberá, con frecuencia, inturrimpir la lectura para remitirse a los extensos piés de página en los que detallan los principios que respaldan sus ideas, algunos de ellos fundamentados en una buena compresión de la geometría y la artimética.

  • Chiara
    2019-03-05 22:11

    I found this book amazingly good. Panofsky is a great art theorist and historian, with a deep knowledge and a clear and rich writing style. This book speculates on the birth of Perspective and on its prominent role in the developings of Western Art. Surely it's not the simplest book you'll come across, but it's dense contents are nonetheless expressed in a beautifully clear way.

  • René Venegas
    2019-02-27 17:13

    Algo confuso, ciertamente se necesita una clase o dos de teoría del arte para enteder "la carne" de este libro, como siempre algo interpretativo, pero acertado y bien argumentado, un clásico de la historia del arte

  • Zachary
    2019-03-17 22:09

    The title pretty much sums up the book. This book kind of thrilled me.

  • Cristina
    2019-03-04 22:55

    Escribe de maravilla y todo está muy claro... O eso pienso hasta que el profesor de Renacimiento hace preguntas extrañas sobre el temario.

  • km
    2019-03-07 18:14

    my art hum professor was SOOOO smart and made me love everything we so much as touched in that class