Blindness : The History of a Mental Image in Western Thought

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Blindness : The History of a Mental Image in Western Thought

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 184 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415927420
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基本説明

A remarkable study of how Western culture has imagined what it is like to be blind, especially as it is represented in that most visual of arts, painting.

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This is a remarkable study of how Western culture has represented blindness, especially in that most visual of arts, painting. Moshe Barasch draws upon not only the span of art history from antiquity to the eighteenth century but also the classical and biblical traditions that underpin so much of artistic representation: Blind Homer, the healing of the blind, blind musicians, blindness as punishment, blindness as a special mark. The book discusses blindness in antiquity, in the Early Christian world, in the Middle Ages, and in the Renaissance, with a final consideration of Diderot.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1 (6)
Antiquity 7 (38)
Attitudes of the Bible 12 (6)
Classical Antiquity: Causes of Blindness 18 (3)
Blindness and Guilt 21 (7)
The Blind Seer 28 (5)
Ate 33 (3)
Visual Representations 36 (7)
A Concluding Note 43 (2)
The Blind in the Early Christian World 45 (22)
The Healing of the Blind 47 (9)
Blindness and Revelation: The Story of Paul 56 (8)
A Concluding Observation 64 (3)
The Middle Ages 67 (48)
The Antichrist 68 (9)
Allegorical Blindness 77 (15)
The Blind Beggar 92 (11)
The Blind and His Guide 103(12)
The Renaissance and Its Sequel 115(32)
The Blind Beggar 116(5)
Metaphorical Blindness 121(9)
The Revival of the Blind Seer 130(6)
Early Secularizations of the Blind 136(11)
The Disenchantment of Blindness: Diderot's 147(12)
Lettre sur les aveugles
Notes 159(22)
Index 181