Vermeer: Interruptions, Exclusions, and ‘Imagining Seeing’

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Title:Vermeer: Interruptions, Exclusions, and ‘Imagining Seeing’
Creators:
Wilder, Ken; k dot wilder at chelsea dot arts dot ac dot uk; University of the Arts London, London, United Kingdom
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 1, pp. 38-60
Uncontrolled Keywords:Vermeer, image, implied beholder, pictorial space, imagining seeing, imagination

Abstract

This article proposes an essential interrelatedness of Vermeer’s strategies of inclusion and exclusion of an implied beholder. I will argue that such strategies mutually reinforce each other, to the extent that the plausibility of one is arguably dependent upon the possibility of the other. This is evidenced by Vermeer’s subtle manipulations of pictorial space, and the article traces a decisive shift in his familiar use of barriers (repoussoir) from those aimed at an external presence to those oriented towards an internal beholder. The feasibility of this interdependence rests upon a theory of imaginative engagement with paintings that can accommodate both an internal beholder and the felt lack of occupancy of the imagined situation’s point of view. I argue that the Dependency Thesis, as set out by M. G. F. Martin, can provide plausibility for both kinds of imaginative engagement with paintings, when sensory imagination is conceived as an instance of imagining seeing. These engagements exploit the notorious emptiness of imagination’s necessarily perspectival point of view.

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Title:Vermeer: Interruptions, Exclusions, and ‘Imagining Seeing’
Creators:
Wilder, Ken; k dot wilder at chelsea dot arts dot ac dot uk; University of the Arts London, London, United Kingdom
Uncontrolled Keywords:Vermeer, image, implied beholder, pictorial space, imagining seeing, imagination
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:52
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 38-60
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/31Publisher
ID Code:8418
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:21 May 2015 13:24
Last Modified:21 May 2015 11:24

Citation

Wilder, Ken (2015) Vermeer: Interruptions, Exclusions, and ‘Imagining Seeing’. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (1). pp. 38-60. ISSN 0014-1291

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