Corbett, D.P. (2001) Visuality and unmediation in Burne-Jones's Laus Veneris. Art History, 24 (1). pp. 83-102. ISSN 0141-6790
This article argues that a contest between the image and verbal knowledge is central to the work of Burne-Jones and that this contest thematizes cultural tensions around the capacity of the visual arts to deal adequately with the new conditions of contemporary experience. Contrary to most established readings, I argue that Burne-Jones's painting possessed for contemporaries the possibility of critical potential in its resistance to the instrumental values of late nineteenth-century modernity and that this potential was expressed most powerfully through their visual character. But if Burne-Jones's dream was critical in this way, it was also insecure. Opposing the visual to the word as forms of effective knowledge about reality, Burne-Jones's paintings of the 1870s nonetheless turn out to be dependent on the word and to enact a dialectic between word and image as a central part of their constitution.
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|Academic Units:||The University of York > History of Art (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jul 2009 14:49|
|Last Modified:||23 Jul 2009 14:49|
|Publisher:||Blackwell Publishing Ltd|