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Understanding Pictures

Dominic Lopes


There are many ways to picture the world—Australian x-ray pictures, cubist collages, Amerindian split-style figures, and pictures in two-point perspective each draw attention to different features of what they represent. The premise of this book is that this diversity is the central fact with which a theory of figurative pictures must reckon. The author argues that identifying pictures’ subjects is akin to recognizing objects whose appearances have changed over time. He develops a schema for categorizing the different ways pictures represent—the different kinds of meaning they have—and he cont ... More

Keywords: pictures, representation, pictorial experience, art, aesthetics, meaning, diversity, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Lopes, author
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
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