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Picturing Performance - The Iconography of the Performing Arts in Concept and Practice

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Published in 1999 by University of Rochester Press.

There has long been a need to introduce performing-arts enthusiasts and students to the fascinating field of iconography, both as manifested in art history and in its more pragmatic or applied forms. Yet relatively little systematic effort has been made to collect and interpret centuries of such visual evidence in the light of the best available art-historical information, combined with corroborating textual documentation and insights from the histories of performance disciplines. Aspiring iconographers of the performing arts need to be aware that there are often several levels of interpretation, which great works of visual art will sustain. This book explores these levels of interpretation: a surface or literal reading, a deeper reading of the work which seeks to enter the mind of the artist and asks how and why he put a given work together, and the deepest reading of the work relating it to the artistic traditions and culture in which the artist lived. In expounding on these levels of iconographic interpretations four discourses by scholars active in the study of visual records are given in relation to traditions, techniques, and trends: performance in general (Katritzky), music (Heck), theatre (Erenstein), and dance (Smith). Effort is made to keep abreast of modern technology influencing iconographic representations as on the Internet and virtual reality.

Thomas F. Heck is Professor of Musicology and Head of the Music and Dance Library at the Ohio State University. He assembled a distinguished interdisciplinary team to review the theoretical and practical problems associated with traditional depictions of musicians, actors and dancers.

This book is in very good condition throughout with tight binding and clean pages. Complete with unclipped dust jacket. A few light pencil annotation in the margins on some pages.

Item details

Author(s):
Thomas F Heck
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16 cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1580460445
ISBN-13:
9781580460446
Number of pages:
254
Publisher:
University of Rochester
Title:
Picturing Performance - The Iconography of the Performing Arts in Concept and Practice

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Published in 1999 by University of Rochester Press.

There has long been a need to introduce performing-arts enthusiasts and students to the fascinating field of iconography, both as manifested in art history and in its more pragmatic or applied forms. Yet relatively little systematic effort has been made to collect and interpret centuries of such visual evidence in the light of the best available art-historical information, combined with corroborating textual documentation and insights from the histories of performance disciplines. Aspiring iconographers of the performing arts need to be aware that there are often several levels of interpretation, which great works of visual art will sustain. This book explores these levels of interpretation: a surface or literal reading, a deeper reading of the work which seeks to enter the mind of the artist and asks how and why he put a given work together, and the deepest reading of the work relating it to the artistic traditions and culture in which the artist lived. In expounding on these levels of iconographic interpretations four discourses by scholars active in the study of visual records are given in relation to traditions, techniques, and trends: performance in general (Katritzky), music (Heck), theatre (Erenstein), and dance (Smith). Effort is made to keep abreast of modern technology influencing iconographic representations as on the Internet and virtual reality.

Thomas F. Heck is Professor of Musicology and Head of the Music and Dance Library at the Ohio State University. He assembled a distinguished interdisciplinary team to review the theoretical and practical problems associated with traditional depictions of musicians, actors and dancers.

This book is in very good condition throughout with tight binding and clean pages. Complete with unclipped dust jacket. A few light pencil annotation in the margins on some pages.

Author(s):
Thomas F Heck
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16 cm
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1580460445
ISBN-13:
9781580460446
Number of pages:
254
Publisher:
University of Rochester
Title:
Picturing Performance - The Iconography of the Performing Arts in Concept and Practice

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