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The Affective Properties Of Styles: An Inquiry Into Analytical Process And The Inscription Of Meaning In Art History

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In this chapter, the author wish to pursue, on the one hand, the lack of discreet boundaries between &t;style&t; as it is manifest in a work and subject matter-hence, content and meaning-and, on the other hand, the hermeneutic problems raised by attempts to correlate style and meaning through &t;stylistic analysis&t; as operationalized in art history. Much of what one can do with style depends upon how one defines style; and author would assert from the beginning that there is no absolute definition of style, but rather, a range of operative definitions varying with user and analytical task to be performed. Art-historical analysis to date has tended to privilege subject matter as the vehicle by which meaning is conveyed to an audience through the work of art, and hence &t;iconography&t; as the analytical procedure by which to arrive at an understanding of meaning.

Keywords: art history; iconography; stylistic analysis

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