Blindness: The History of a Mental Image in Western Thought
This is a remarkable study of how Western culture has represented blindness, especially in that most visual of arts, painting. Moshe Barasch draws upon not only the span of art history from antiquity to the eighteenth century but also the classical and biblical traditions that underpin so much of artistic representation: Blind Homer, the healing of the blind, blind musicians, blindness as punishment, blindness as a special mark. The book discusses blindness in antiquity, in the Early Christian world, in the Middle Ages, and in the Renaissance, with a final consideration of Diderot.
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altogether ancient Antichrist Apollodorus appearance artists Asclepius attitude audiences baroque belief blind beggar blind figure blind Homer blind man's blind person blind seer blindfold Book of Tobit catacomb Catacomb of Domitilla character characteristic Christ Church classical classical antiquity connotations context darkness Death demonic depicted Diderot divine early Christian Erwin Panofsky Euripides evoked expressed eyes eyesight Fortuna fresco gesture goddess gods Greek guilt hand healing Ibid imagery imagination l'aveugle late antiquity late medieval late Middle Ages Lettre literature mainly means mental image metaphor mind miraculous motif Museo Sacro narrative nature Oedipus original painting Paris particular Paul Paul's perceived period personifications pictorial play Plutarch Polymestor Princeton punishment Renaissance representation represented ritual says scene seen sense of touch shape sight specific story suggest supernatural Synagogue Teiresias Teiresias's temporary blindness Testament theme tion Tobit tradition understanding University Press veil vision visual arts Walters Art Museum