Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-181) and index.
Allegory: The Golden Bough or the Theory of Mimesis -- Questions, Hypotheses, Discourse -- Readings -- Denegation -- The Arcadian Landscape -- On Nominal Sentences, Fragments, Epitaphs, and Epigraphs -- A Letter, a Shadow, and an Interpretive Key -- Theoretical and Methodological Introduction -- An Analytic Strategy and a Mythical Ruse -- The Portrait in the Convex Mirror -- The Medusa Head as Historical Painting -- Psychoanalytic Interlude -- Of Light, Shadows, and Narrative -- Et in arca hoc.
Translated from the French.
The work of the eminent French cultural critic Louis Marin (1931-92) is becoming increasingly important to English-speaking scholars concerned with issues of representation. To Destroy Painting, first published in France in 1977, marks a milestone in Marin's thought about the aims of painting in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A meditation on the work of Poussin and Caravaggio and on their milieux, the book explores a number of notions implied by theories of painting and offers insight into the aims and effects of visual representaion.-- Publisher's description