The Analysis of pictorial style

Gaiger, Jason (2002). The Analysis of pictorial style. British Journal of Aesthetics, 42(1) pp. 20–36.



Drawing on recent attempts critically to reconstruct the ideas of Heinrich Woelfflin, this paper argues that there is a specific 'logic of depiction' that is distinctive to visual as opposed to verbal forms of representation. The aim is to provide a set of objective parameters that can allow a comparative analysis of the formal organization of pictures despite differences in period, subject matter, format, etc. The paper seeks to show that such an analysis is possible and that it possesses explanatory force.

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