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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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At the Cusp of Invisibility

At the Cusp of Invisibility

Visions, Dreams, and Images

(p.185) Chapter 8 At the Cusp of Invisibility
Embodied Eye

David Morgan

University of California Press

This chapter argues that external and internal images are interrelated since external images are the medium for grasping and maintaining the internal, which are ephemeral, unstable, and evolving compared to anything material. This notion supports the belief that fleeting, private, inscrutable, or contrived images are all made available and credible by a process of visualization. The idea of artistic inspiration adapted to religious revelation enables artists to transform old imagery into new, and forget the mundane visual source. This allows devout artists and admirers of their work to explain artistic inspiration as a miraculous or visionary operation, an act of visual revelation whose medium is the creative imagination.

Keywords:   visualization, artistic inspiration, visual revelation, visionary operation, creative imagination, external images, internal images

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