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Item Number: 108806
Title: The Imagining of Community in European Art and Architecture, 1140-1617 : Envisioning Transcendence of, Authority in, and Foundations for Community
Author: Greene, David B
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ISBN: 9780773437135
Description: Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. 24cm., hardcover, 203pp. illus., most in color. Summary: This book takes up six sets of works of art that imagine community. These works do not illustrate concepts of community or make community an explicit theme. Nevertheless, the particular techniques and structure of each work project an imagining of community that is unique to the piece. Studying the six sets together opens prospects for re-imagining community and lays the groundwork for re-imagining the relation of arts and society. This book contains twelve color photographs and three black and white photographs. Contents: PART ONE ; Imagining Community: Belonging and Not Belonging to a Community ; 1. Issues of Participation and Transcendence ; (1) Imagining and Conceiving Community ; (2) Describing Imaginative Participation and Transcendence in the Visual Arts ; 2. Three Case Studies of Pictorial Space, Viewers' Location and the Imagining of Community Participation and Transcendence ; (1) Herman, Paul and Jan Limbourg, Trés riches heures ; i. Multiple Scales, Angles of Vision, and Perspectives ; ii. Space-Expanding Diagonals ; iii. Multiple Locations and the Joining of Participation with Transcendence ; iv. Précis ; (2) Perugino, Delivery of the Keys i. Linear Perspective and Its Impact on Imagining Community ; ii. Non-linear Nearness and Its impact on Imagining Community ; iii. Précis ; (3) Tintoretto, Vulcan Surprising Venus and Mars ; i. Theatricality ; ii. The Mirror ; iii. Précis ; 3. Summary I: Self-Identity/Self-Transcendence and Participation in/Transcendence of Community ; 4. Summary II: Self-Identity/Self-Transcendence and Continuity/Change in Individuals and Community ; PART TWO ; Imagining Legitimate Power: Transforming Community by Transforming Power ; 1. Issues of Power, Legitimacy and Civic Obligation ; 2. Botticelli's Lorenzo de' Medici ; (1) Contradictions in the Medici Identity ; (2) Botticelli's Medici Paintings ; i. Three Religious Paintings: Divine Space, Medici Space, and the Legitimacy of Medici Power ; ii. Primavera: Transforming Love, Self-Fulfillment and Civic Life ; (i) Platonism and Trinitarian Thinking ; (a) Contemplative Life and Civic Virtue ; (b) Mature Love ; (c) Platonic and Trinitarian Thinking ; (ii) Botticelli's Trinitarian Thinking ; 3. Summary I: Botticelli's Achievement-New Markers of Resemblances and the Transformation of Political Power ; 4. Summary II: Botticelli' s Achievement-Re-imagining the Legitimacy of Power and the Legitimacy of Art ; PART THREE ; Imagining the Foundations of Community: The Well-Founded Building and the Well-Built Community ; 1. The Search for a Foundation for Art and Community ; 2. Public Architecture and Community ; (1) The St.-Etienne Cathedral in Sens and the San Lorenzo Church in Florence ; i. Harmony ; ii. Diffusion of the Worshiper's Presence ; iii. Linear Energy ; iv. Horizontal Energy ; v. The Incarnation in Christ and the Incarnations in Stone ; ; vi. Individuals and Community ; (2) The Blue Mosque in Istanbul ; i. Harmony ; ii. The Line to Mecca ; iii. Immeasurable Space ; iv. The Beauty of the Mosque and the Beauty of Allah ; v. The Meaning of Beauty: The Self-Revealing and the Revelation of Allah ; vi. The Mosque, the Revelation of Allah, the Self- Revealing of Allah, and Community ; 3. Summary I: A Community and Its Architecture-Each the Foundation of the Other ; (1) Equiprimordiality of Foundations that Presuppose Each Other ; (2) Allusions to Religious Architecture as Allusions to Well-Foundedness ; (3) Eventfulness ; (4) Founded Communities and Their Artifacts ; i. The Well-Founded Community's Need for Artifacts ; ii. Some Characteristics of Founded Communities' Artifacts ; iii. Secular Communities and Their Artifacts ; 4. Summary II: Transition to Future Studies of Arts and Community ; Appendix: Rethinking the Autonomy of Art ; Bibliography ; Index.

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