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Image-making and contemporary social myth

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dc.contributor.advisor Du Plessis, L. P.
dc.contributor.advisor Bester, Valerie Sacks, Glenda 2015-01-23T04:24:11Z 2015-01-23T04:24:11Z 1992-11
dc.identifier.citation Sacks, Glenda (1992) Image-making and contemporary social myth, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In our Post-Modern milieu there has been a renewed attempt in art to communicate with the viewer. My hypothesis is that particular images provoke empathic responses in the viewer. Iconographical and formal characteristics in images which provoke empathy are discussed and Lipps' ( 1905) and Worringer's (1908) theories of empathy are examined. The psychological profile of a viewer is considered in the light of Freud's familial model of the human psyche with its emphasis on sexual instincts. The theoretical framework within which my hypothesis operates is based upon Bryson, Holly and Moxey's ( 1991) interventionist response to visual interpretation. They foreground the viewer's historicity in the viewing of an image and their approach is contrasted with that of the perceptualists (Wollheim, Gombrich and others) who maintain that the historicity of the viewer is unimportant. Finally it is argued that art can have a transforming potential if the artist provokes empathy in the viewer. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 230 leaves, 6 unnumbered leaves) : color illustrations en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject.ddc 701.18 en
dc.subject.lcsh Art criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Art -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Art appreciation en
dc.title Image-making and contemporary social myth en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology M.A. (Fine Arts)

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