Re-membering the figure: the ekphrasis of J. J. Winckelmann

Carroll, Khadija Z.
July 2005
Word & Image;Jul-Sep2005, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p261
Academic Journal
The article critically appraise the literary work by Johann Joachim Winckelmann. The time of empiricism and progress in which Winckelmann contributed to the formation of art history also bore the revival of the ancient descriptive mode, ekphrasis. The metaphors of knowledge associated with vision made visual art subject matter for literature. To sound this literature out as the stock explanations of "the father of art history, archaeology, and scholarly antiquarianism" do would not resonate with the essence of Winckelmann as seen through a study of his rhetoric. The dialectical approaches to his writing that these disciplines have developed remain contre coeur to the reception of Greek art that he wanted to instigate. Winckelmann formed part of the German language in the aesthetic of "ekphrasis"; a representation of the visible in literature, and a balance of the abstract contextualization of history in a literature that the reader experiences. Experience is the basis of reflection, and if reading the arbitrary signs of which literature is made up is to inspire insight into life, into the physical world, it must imitate and call into identification the senses that mediate life in the world.


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