Institut für Kunstgeschichte
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D - 80798 München
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The image as áskēsis
The project argues for an intercultural philosophy of images as instruments of visual training in confronting the world in an ethical and rational manner. Beholding an image is an act of áskēsis (ἄσκησις, ‘training’) that arises from the anthropological desire to prepare for the moments of crisis inherent in the human life circle: desire, love, sickness, and death. Western art history generally considers the perception, reception and conception of images as an event to occur in the passive. Understanding painting as a form of practical training and exercise for both artists and beholders, the project is concerned with a comparative study of Venetian religious painting and study drawings from the fourteenth- and fifteenth-centuries and ritual painting in early and classical Tibetan art. Enquiring into traditions of Buddhist oil-painting and their concern with visionary exercise and notions of áskesis, the project promotes a new perspective on narratives of mastery in Western art theory as they emerged in the Italian Renaissance.
England's Apellles and the sprezzatura of Kingship: Anthony van Dyck's Charles I in the Hunting Field
Reconsidered, in: Artibus et Historiae, 65/33, (2012), pp. 151-66.