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Description: The Critical Historians of Art
PANOFSKY’s first published book, which developed out of his doctoral thesis, was on Dürer’s theory of art. It was concerned in part with the relation between formalised artistic theory and the artist’s imaginative performance. Toward the end he quoted Goethe: ‘The highest thing would be so to grasp things that everything factual was already theory.’ This quotation may serve as a motto for two convergent themes in Panofsky’s work: the fusion of the subjective life of the mind with external …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.178-208

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