Heather Hunter-Crawley, Erica O'Brien
January 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138698130 - CAT# Y288685
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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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Notes on Contributors
Chapter 1 "Introduction: The Image and the Senses"
Heather Hunter-Crawley & Erica O'Brien
Chapter 2 "Seeing is (not) Believing: Visual and Non-Visual Interpretations of Aegean Bronze Age Frescoes"
Chapter 3 "Multi-sensory Encounters: The Aesthetic Impact of Roman Coloured Statues"
Amalie Skovmøller and Berit Hildebrandt
Chapter 4 "Painting as Sermon: The Role of the Visual in Catechism in Late Fourth-Century Christian Orations"
Chapter 5 "Experiencing the Miracle: Animated Images and the Senses in the Burial Chapel of the Byzantine Saint"
Chapter 6 "Engaging the Olfactory: Scent in the Arts, Cultures, and Museums of the Islamic World"
Claire Dobbin and Leslee Katrina Michelsen
Chapter 7 "The Vocal in the Visual: Auditory Issues and the Potential of the Voice in Late Medieval and Early Modern Visual Art"
Chapter 8 "‘Pictures with Light and Motion’: The Language of the Senses in The Masque of Flowers"
Afterword "The Multi-sensory Image Between Interdisciplinarity and Multi-media"