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This book is an exploration of how art-specifically paintings in the European manner-can be mobilized to make knowledge claims about the past. No type of human-made tangible thing makes more complex and bewildering demands in this respect than paintings. Ivan Gaskell argues that the search for pictorial meaning in paintings yields limited results and should be replaced by attempts to define the point of such things, which is cumulative and ever subject to change. He shows that while it is not possible to define what art is ...

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    • Title: Paintings and the Past by Ivan Gaskell
    • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    • Print ISBN: 9781032092638, 1032092637
    • eText ISBN: 9780429581281
    • Edition: 2021 1st edition
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