The Multi-Sensory Image from Antiquity to the Renaissance

1st Edition

Heather Hunter-Crawley, Erica O'Brien

Routledge
January 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138698130 - CAT# Y288685

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Summary

This volume responds to calls in visual and material cultural studies to move beyond the visual and to explore the multi-sensory impact of the image, across a wide range of cultural and historical contexts. What does it mean to do art history after the material and sensory turns? What is an image, if it is not purely visual phenomenon, and how does it prompt non-visual sensory experiences?

The multi-sensoriality of the image was a less challenging concept before the occularcentric modern age, and so this volume brings together a global array of scholars from multiple disciplines to explore these questions in pre-modern or non-western contexts, ranging from Minoan palace frescoes, to Roman statues, early church sermons, tombs of Byzantine saints, museum displays of Islamic artefacts of scent, medieval depictions of the voice, and Stuart court masques. Each chapter presents a means of appreciating images beyond the visual, demonstrating the new information and understanding that can consequently be gleaned from their material.

As a collection, these chapters offer the student and scholar of art history and visual culture an array of exciting new approaches that can be applied to appreciate the multi-sensoriality of images in any context, as well as prompts for reflection on future directions in the study of images and its application. ‘The Multi-Sensory Image’ thus illustrates that it is not only possible to explore the non-visual impact of images, but imperative.

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