E. H. Gombrich, Review of David Freedberg, The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, New York Review of. Books, Vol. 15, The Power of Images is not a book about the history of art. It is concerned with “ the failure of art history to deal with the extraordinarily abundant. THE POWER OF IMAGES. David Freedberg. Columbia University. Search for more papers by Twitter; Linkedin; Google+; Reddit; CiteULike. First page image.
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The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, Freedberg
The Power of Images is not a book about the history of art. It examines the psychological and behavioral responses to images rather than critical responses. The behaviors involved what many Westerners considered irrational, superstitious, or explicable by magic. In fact, many Westerners engaged in this popular understandings of images.
The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response – David Freedberg – Google Books
Freedberg suggests that he did not set out to provide an explanatory theory of images. In other words, Freedberg called scholars to examine oower power of images.
This meant examining the vitality of images, what images appear to do, what people expect freedbwrg to do, and why people expect images to do anything at all. Freedberg called art historians to examine images in terms of phenomenological evidence what the viewer observers, sees, thinks, and feels about the imageswritten evidence in terms of documents about the images and their history, as well as contextual evidence in terms of similar images.
Examining responses to images involved taking seriously what humans said about images and recognizing the power that images hold over people. In either case, people recognize images as powerful.
Even so, Freedberg argues that Westerners have repressed these feelings about images because they are troubling. Freedberg argues that idolatry and iconoclasm are rooted in polemics of politics and theology. So, images are tied to ideologies.
But, they are also rooted in individual psychopathologies of love and fear. This love and fear comes from the ikages of the image and its prototype. But, historians try to explain away this fusion.
Freedberg call historians to examine acts of iconoclasm to understand why people love and fear images. This control is usually carried out by words.
The Power of Images
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