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Embodied EyeReligious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling$
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David Morgan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272224

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272224.001.0001

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The Body in Question

The Body in Question

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(p.29) Chapter 2 The Body in Question
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Embodied Eye
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David Morgan

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272224.003.0002

This chapter discusses the relations between the image and the body: the fleshly body that the image portrays and the body of the viewer standing before the image. It presents Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s works to explain the bodies in images as well as their coordination in the creation of presence. For instance, The Crucifixion displays dozens of discrete moments from the biblical accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus, and others ascribed to the event over the course of centuries of retelling and interpretation. In particular, the sun and moon in the upper corners of the painting operate allegorically by rendering the darkness mentioned in Luke 24:44–45, which may have been remembered as fulfilling a prophecy in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords:   Albrecht Dürer, The Crucifixion, image, body, presence

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