The Power of Images as a Precondition of the Fear of Images ?

Abstract : Using the art of the ancient Near East as a starting point, I wish to raise the question of the relationship between the inherent power of images and the fear of images that is the subject of the present seminar. This connection was flagged early on by David Freedberg, in his book, The Power of Images (1989), and has been underscored by the seminar’s organizer, Luc Bachelot, in his own work [see Cahier des themes transversaux ArScAn, vol. IX (2007-2008)], as well as in his project statement for the seminar. I shall focus upon the multiple images of Gudea of Lagash, ruler of the city-state of Lagash in ancient Sumer toward the end of the third millennium BCE, however what I say could easily be applied to the whole repertoire of Mesopotamian images.
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Irene J. Winter. The Power of Images as a Precondition of the Fear of Images ?. Cahier des thèmes transversaux ArScAn, CNRS - UMR 7041 (Archéologie et Sciences de l'Antiquité - ArScAn), 2012, X, pp.145-147. ⟨hal-02264567⟩



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