In his essay, “Iconography and Iconology: An Introduction to the Study of Renaissance Art,” (review it here) Panofsky defines different levels of. Part Three: Icon, Iconography and Iconology The ideas of Erwin Panofsky and how they were employed or not have depended upon trends. most of the inquiry into Panofsky’s work as an incipient “semiotic”: Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism and “Iconography and. Iconology: An Introduction to the.

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Erwin Panofsky and Iconography, Part Three

Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance. What Panosksy wanted ionography do was to provide art history with a Kantian a priorito fix art historical methods in the realms of a universal or necessary judgment.

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Panofsky takes as a model for the kind of interpretation he wants the Kantian conception of what makes a judgment scientific. The volume as a whole contains his most important contributions to Renaissance iconography.

According to his view, iconology was not the actual investigation of panofxky work of art but rather the result of this investigation. This is the case of what Jean-Michel DurafourFrench philosopher iconllogy theorist of cinema, proposed to call “econology”, a biological approach to images as forms of life, crossing iconology, ecology and sciences of nature. Sign up for My OBO. Their reality is symbolic, not physical; and such reality never ceases to require interpretation and reinterpretation.


Iconography and Iconology – Perspectives in World Art

General Overviews Panofsky is often criticized, but as a pioneering attempt to provide a philosophy of iconology it forms the starting point for later writers who differ from it GombrichTaylor This is not a tautology. Part of the reason for the impoverished use of Panofsky is the inevitable loss of intellectual background when the art historian emigrated to America, and another reason for the loss of the philosophical background was the division of universities and colleges into distinct departments, dividing disciplines, like history, art history and philosophy, which were in actuality part of one another into artificially separated entities.

Abingdon and New Yorkp. Even if their existence continues they are in constant danger of losing their meaning. The distinctions depart from the two suffixes attached to the same root: Any form of attaching labels to these changes involves a previous familiarity with the subject and is therefore transferred into the universe of subject matter, whether it implies either identifying objects and events the factual meaning or acknowledging the correspondent emotional responses the expressional meaning.

A reliable survey of European iconography from early Christianity to the 19th century, though the tone is inevitably brisk since it covers the subject in just three hundred pages. Rather than thinking of these two methods as complementing each other or as adding to a fuller picture of the art, the discipline tended to place Formalism and Marxism as polar and political opposites.

It may defined as a unifying principle which underlies and explains both the visible event and its intelligible significance, and which determines even the form in which the visible event takes shape.


The artwork is primarily seen as a document of its time.

Warburg used the term “iconography” in his early research, replacing it in with “iconology” in his particular method of visual interpretation called “critical iconology”, which focused on the tracing of motifs through different cultures and visual forms.

MA thesis, University of Oslop. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Or more precisely, insofar as images have an active part: That said, when Panofsky arrived at Princeton with his Kantian-inspired system, he met with opposition from another branch of Kantian thought—formalist art history and yet another bastion of artistic thought, Marxism.

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Iconography and Iconology

What then could provide an absolute viewpoint form which we might elucidate a painting or a building? In The Marriage Maker: Studies in the Sociology of Film. Argues, against a prevalent trend, that the subject matter of Renaissance art tends to be traditional in nature and unlikely to contain references to contemporary political events.

Retrieved from ” https: Gombrich, Reflections on the History of Art: By Erwin Panofsky, 26— Papers in and on Art Icoonology.