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Gabriele Neher and Jonathan Tallant – The Philosophy of Time and the Implications from Renaissance Art
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GABRIELE NEHER AND JONATHAN TALLANT
The Philosophy of Time and the Implications from Renaissance Art
Our focus in this paper is the conception of time suggested by Renaissance artworks. For the purposes of this paper, we define the Renaissance both as a (European) cultural phenomenon and way of thinking, but also chronologically, c. 1350–1600; also, for ease of discussion, this paper looks at just a handful of case studies to invite further debate. Our interest in this question is driven by (at least) four different concerns. The first is an intrinsic interest in the subject of representations of time during the Renaissance: we think it of fundamental interest to understand more about Renaissance perceptions of time and the articulation of these ideas through the medium of art, especially art concerned with telling sacred and profane istorie. Indeed, we think that, as other items in this volume reveal, the connection between the artistic and the conceptual is most vivid and we see ourselves ploughing a very similar furrow as a number of other papers in the volume. Whereas this is a burgeoning field of interest for art historians, we find that while there is research that is concerned with individual case studies, to date there is little that attempts to try and catalogue the different ways in which time (or temporality) was represented from the point of view of philosophical engagement with models of time and temporality. ← 27...
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