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THE PUZZLE OF MIMESIS

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Sight and Sensibility

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602641 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277346.003.0002
THE PUZZLE OF MIMESIS

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Pictures enable us to see scenes in marked surfaces. This raises a puzzle—how can an evaluation of a picture as a vehicle for seeing-in differ from an evaluation of the scene itself? To solve the puzzle, we must understand the variety of ways seeing-in relates to seeing a marked surface.

Keywords: depiction; evaluation; illusion; mimesis; naturalism; pictures; trompe-l'oeil; two-foldness; value; vision

Chapter.  9162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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