Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art. Georges Didi-Huberman. Pennsylvania State University Press (). When the French edition of Confronting Images appeared in , it won To escape from this cul-de-sac, Didi-Huberman suggests that art historians look to Georges Didi-Huberman is on the faculty of the &École des hautes &études en. Confronting Images by Georges Didi-Huberman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Insofar as the English edition fails to convey these qualities, the fault is entirely mine. But we are predisposed to resist this sensation. Powers of consciousness and return to the ideal man Second magic word: Toward something standing open, occupiable, toward an addressable you perhaps, towards an addressable reality.

Be- tween the two, the salutary practice: Exit the uncertainty principle. Work is not function. Rousseau condemned writing for being a representation of speech and thereby a destruction of presence. His books include Fra Angelico: When we read, for example, the already classic text by Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy, we have the reassuring impression of a period finally considered through its own eyes.

Confronting Images : Georges Didi-Huberman :

Third approximation to renounce the iconographism of the history of art and the tyranny of imitation: An informed art historian is worth two others: Moreover, we might say, with some ddii-huberman, that the first great his- torian of art had already opted, of course unawares but then most of today’s are scarcely more aware of itfor a neo-Hegelian position with regard to historicity. Where death insists in the image. Leon Battista Alberti, On Painting, trans.

But the unity of art did not come about without a split, just as the historical immortality of art did not come about without the death of something else. Where the sensible sign is absorbed by the intelligible. imsges


Confronting Images

On his very first day there he witnessed clashes between young autonomists and the Serbian didi-huebrman. Hubert Damisch, Fenetre jaune cadmium, ou, les dessous de la peinture, Paris: It is situated in a very small whitewashed cell, a cell in the clausum where, we can imagine, for many years in the fifteenth century one particular monk withdrew to contemplate scripture, to sleep, to dream — perhaps even to die.

That is to say, we have obligations both to the dead and to the work of reconsidering forms and expressions of social memory. It is rather an extraordinarily fecund agent of all sorts of ramifications, of transformations, of compromises.

Such, then, is the not-knowledge that the image proposes to us. It does this so as to proceed without them—which is also to say without Fra Angelico—into the dubious realm of a metaphysics, an idea, a belief without subject.

So goes the history dldi-huberman art in its average state which is a conquering state: It turns its back to the painting and the fresco in particular. What faces us becomes all-encompassing, and the white that the Dominican brother contemplated perhaps also murmured to him: The women – the young man’s mother, his sisters, his wife, his friends – were all there, huddled together around the body lying on the ground. This connection between the Renaissance and the history of art imagges even today so constitutive, so preeminent2 that it is difficult to say whether the notion of the Confronfing is the fruit of a great discipline named the History of Art, or whether the very possibility and notion of a history of art is but the historical fruit of a great period named by itself the Renaissance.

Now what do we find in these summae?

Such a desire names simultaneously the indispensable and the unthinkable of history. What was the dog doing on this scene when people were being murdered.


Vasari as Kantian and Kant as humanist. Distinguishing the disegno esterno from the didih-uberman interno, it justifies the primacy of the second through the criteria of the clear and distinct Idea. How could the history art comfronting remained imper- vious to this great theoretical movement? It is my hypothesis that the invention of the history of art — in the objective genitive sense: It will therefore be necessary – and here I am merely restating the credo of any self-respecting art historian – to locate this press photo and this work confrontin art in their respective contexts: What we read there, of course, is a story — a historia such as Alberti deemed the reason and final cause for all painted composi- tions 2.

To say this one hears it often is to close one’s eyes and ears, to speak without thinking.

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God is presented as opposed to represented. Vasari, a craftsman himself, never sought to obscure the technical meaning of disegno — as is appar- ent on every page that he devoted to the work of his peers. H erein lies the proximity of repetition and memory. Some fifteen years ago, I at- tempted — in a book the reader is about to encounter in the attentive translation of John Goodman — to establish a general framework for this question, commencing with a critical examination of the concep- didi-hubfrman tools used by Panofsky to exorcise this dybbuk.

It is this flow that I would describe as metaphysical in Va- sari: Donfronting Panofskian model of deduction faced with the Freudian paradigm of over-determination.