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Iconography and Iconology Today

August 19-25, 2007

This workshop invited scholars to think about one of the most complex issues in the discipline:  to what extent does the iconographic/iconological model, developed several generations ago, still provide art historians with a useful framework today? They looked to recent work by Whitney Davis, Georges Didi-Huberman, and W.J.T Mitchell which explicitly explored the stakes of iconology. The terms are very much still with us, but what do they now mean?

Readings:

  • Diana Norman, "In the Beginning Was the Word": An Altarpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti for the Augustinian Hermits of Massa Marittima” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 58 Bd., H. 4. (1995), pp. 478-503.
  • Burlington article of 1934
  • Mariet Westermann, “After Iconography and Iconoclasm: Current Research in Netherlandish Art, 1566-1700” Art Bulletin 84 (2002)
  • W.J.T. Mitchell, “What do Pictures Want” in What do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Image (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005))
  • Intro. and Ch. 1 and 2 of Victor Stoichita, The Self Aware Image
  • Jack Goody.Representations and Contradictions Ambivalence Towards Images: Theatre, Fiction, Relics and Sexuality (London, 1997) Chapters 2 and 3