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Iconoclasts and Their Motives

David Freedberg

Title:
Iconoclasts and Their Motives
Author(s):
Freedberg, David
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Books
Department:
Art History and Archaeology
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Distributed in North America by A. Schram
Publisher Location:
Montclair, N.J.
Abstract:
This book aims to counteract the overall scholarly neglect of the phenomenon of iconoclasm. Rather than analyzing the history of anti-image movements, the author discerns broad commonalities in the motives of many disparate individual acts of iconoclasm. Beyond their role as attention-getting gestures, acts of iconoclasm depend on the power of the conflation of image and prototype; iconoclasts are either disturbed by this conflation and reject it by mutilating the sign, or exploit it to enable a form of resistance to the prototype. Most generally, iconoclasm reinforces the necessity of attending to the dialectical relationship between works of art and their beholders.
Subject(s):
Fine arts
Art history
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