The Adventures of the Optic Nerve

John Elderfield

in The Promotion of Knowledge

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263129
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734861 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Adventures of the Optic Nerve

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the role of visual medium in art-historical study. It addresses the relationship of art history to the existential acts of painting and looking at painting and describes how the so-called story of modern art has been narrated in the history literature. It also considers how modern histories can accommodate the unfamiliar that is normally part of the story.

Keywords: art-historical study; visual medium; painting; modern art; art history; British Academy; centenary celebration

Chapter.  9768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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