What Makes Representational Painting Truly Visual?

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Any experiential view of pictorial meaning will assign to each painting an appropriate experience through which its meaning can be recovered. When the meaning is representational, what is the nature of the appropriate experience? If there is agreement that the experience is to be described as seeing-in, disagreement breaks out about how seeing-in is to be understood. This paper challenges two recent interpretations: one in terms of perceived resemblance, the other in terms of imagining seeing. Neither view gives a correct account of how the spectator distributes his attention between the marked surface and the represented object.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8349.00106

Affiliations: University of California at Berkeley

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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