This is not just a painting : an inquiry into art, domination, magic and the sacred / Bernard Lahire ; translated by Helen Morrison
- Language Note:
- Translated from the French.
- Machine generated contents note: Flights into Egypt: trajectories, rivalries and controversies -- Breaking away from legends -- Categorized and classified paintings and retrospective illusions -- The real: between material continuity and social discontinuity -- The objects of research: status, values and modes of behaviour -- Pulling on a loose thread -- Coda -- Book 1 History, domination and social magic -- ch. 1 Self-evident facts and foundations of beliefs -- ch. 2 Domination and social magic -- The objective forms of domination -- A problem hidden beneath the fragmentation of points of view -- Capital or symbolic effects? -- Outline of a general theory of the magic of power -- ch. 3 Linked oppositions: dominators/dominated and sacred/profane -- A history of the linked transformations of power and the sacred -- Magic and power in stateless societies -- Magic and power in State societies -- The high and the low -- Political fictions or how man created God in his image -- Struggles for the appropriation of the sacred -- Secularization, sanctification and the sacred foundations of all society -- Book 2 Art, domination, sanctification -- ch. 4 The expansion of the domain of the sacred: the emergence of art as an autonomous domain, separate from the profane -- Poets and artists, sovereigns and demiurges -- The history of a collective sanctification -- From relics to works of art -- The separation of art and life -- Admire first, interpret later -- Beneath admiration, domination -- The magic of paintings -- Fables and hoaxes -- Copies and forgeries -- ch. 5 Authentication and attribution -- Where to look for scientific truths? -- The expert: doing things with words -- Performative act I: the catalogue raisonne -- Performative act II: the exhibition -- Attributions and disattributions: controversies and changes of opinion -- The history and logic of attributionism -- Science in the service of the sacred -- Taking the `obvious' out of the authentic -- Book 3 On Poussin and some Flights into Egypt -- ch. 6 Sublime Poussin: master of French classicism -- Journey of an artist against time and tide: independence and creative freedom -- Painter-philosopher and artist -- On Poussin's success -- To art, a nation's gratitude -- ch. 7 The fabulous destiny of paintings attributed to Nicolas Poussin -- Links, associations and changes in status -- Histories of paintings -- The painting of a great painter whose talent is declining -- On the trail of an admirable painting -- Three canvases resurface -- A growing controversy -- The comparison test -- The behind the scenes activity of the gallery owners -- The first public recognition of the `Pardo' version -- New developments: the request for the annulment of the 1986 sale -- The acquisition of a national treasure -- In search of sponsors -- The magic of a masterpiece -- The end of a controversy -- The conditions of enchantment and disenchantment -- A version without an expert -- ch. 8 Poussin, science, law and the art market -- Poussin in the laboratory -- Analyses of the `Piasecka-Johnson' version -- Analyses of the `Pardo-MBA de Lyon' version -- Poussin in court -- Erreur sur la substance -- A determining precedent: the case of Olympos and Marsyas or the `Saint-Arroman case' -- The trial of the `other Poussin affair' -- The price of a painting -- ch. 9 How each person plays their game -- Art historians: who has the eyel -- Sir Anthony Blunt (1907-1983) -- Sir Denis Mahon (1910-2011) -- Jacques Thuillier (1928-2011) -- Pierre Rosenberg (1936-) -- The gallery owners: playing (and losing) the game -- A museum director playing (and winning) her game -- Conclusions -- Working outside the fields -- At the root of beliefs -- Exposing the invisible monster -- A fragile learned game.
- 9781509528691 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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