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Portrait of Ambroise Vollard, detail

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Description: Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures
A WORD must be said about ‘intention’, I suppose. I have declared an interest in addressing pictures partly by making inferences about their causes, this both because it is pleasurable and because a disposition towards causal inference seems to penetrate our thought and language too deeply to be excised, at least without doing oneself a quite disabling mischief. But since pictures are human productions, one element in the causal field behind a picture will be volition, and this overlaps with …
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Related print edition pages: pp.41-73

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