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Cretien van Campen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.001.0001

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The art of memory

The art of memory

Visual memories through paintings, television, and video art

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(p.36) 5 The art of memory
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The Proust Effect
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Cretien Van Campen

Julian Ross

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.003.0005

For centuries, mnemonics, or the art of memory, was an essential technique for conveying information. Until the invention of printing, stories were often recounted using images (think of the linear stories depicted in mediaeval frescoes on Italian church walls) and songs (performed by troubadours). The Renaissance artists’ use of perspective enabled them to inscribe figures more recognisably and more sharply in the memory of the viewer. Contemporary video-artist Bill Viola experiments with the slow playback of Renaissance and mannerist-inspired images to evoke intense feelings of remembrance. Television and new media offer different opportunities to record events and will to some extent change our future autobiographical sense memories.

Keywords:   Medieval and Renaissance art and fiction, video art, film, digital media

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