The Animated Image

Roman Theory on Naturalism, Vividness and Divine Power

Stijn Bussels

Stijn Bussels

Distributed for Leiden University Press

232 pages | 16 halftones | 6 3/5 x 9 2/5
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789087281786 Published August 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Animated Image develops a new theoretical concept for understanding the Roman art of images. The prevalent conviction at the time was that the painter, writer, orator, and dancer created images that represented living beings. However, the viewers or listeners sometimes believed they were not observing a representation but something that contained aspects of life or spirit. This book touches upon ontological and epistemological problems of this representational tension. 
Art History
"Bussels' most substantial achievement perhaps lies in bringing together such a disparate collection of texts and testimonia: this alone makes The Animated Image a useful starting point for anyone interested in Graeco-Roman visual ontologies….[I]t deserves to be widely applauded—both by classicists, and by the wider art-historical community."




Naturalism and animation. Pliny’s anecdotes on art

Enargeia as epistemological requirement and rhetorical value. Quintilian on vividness

Creation and impact of art, literature and speech. Callistratus’ “On the Statue of a Bacchante”

Life and animation in dance, theatre and spectacle. Lucian’s “The Dance”

Cult statues at the boundaries of humanity. Plutarch on supernatural animation

Epilogue. Erotic reactions to Praxiteles’ Cnidian Aphrodite





List of illustrations

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