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Displacing Caravaggio

Art, Media, and Humanitarian Visual Culture

Authors: Zucconi, Francesco

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  • Translated by Zakiya Hanafi
  • Marks the first book to offer an archeology of “humanitarian visual culture”
  • Challenges readers to reconsider the relationship between the representation of suffering in the repertory of Western art and contemporary communication
  • Draws from a number of on-going discussions in different fields of study that are rarely considered together: art history, theory of media, visual studies and postcolonial studies
  • Explores different media forms of humanitarian communication: from photography to the most recent devices of virtual reality cinema, through the tradition of lantern-slide lectures
  • Investigates the real likelihood of “displacing” the West’s artistic heritage in order to develop a critical understanding of some of the most pressing problems of the contemporary scenario
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This book takes its start from a series of attempts to use Caravaggio’s works for contemporary humanitarian communications. How did his Sleeping Cupid (1608) end up on the island of Lampedusa, at the heart of the Mediterranean migrant crisis? And why was his painting The Seven Works of Mercy (1607) requested for display at a number of humanitarian public events? After critical reflection on these significant transfers of Caravaggio’s work, Francesco Zucconi takes Baroque art as a point of departure to guide readers through some of the most haunting and compelling images of our time. Each chapter analyzes a different form of media and explores a problem that ties together art history and humanitarian communications: from Caravaggio’s attempt to represent life itself as a subject of painting to the way bodies and emotions are presented in NGO campaigns. What emerges from this probing inquiry at the intersection of art theory, media studies and political philosophy is an original critical path in humanitarian visual culture.

About the authors

Francesco Zucconi is currently a research fellow at IUAV in Venice, Italy. He has been a Lauro de Bosis fellow at Harvard, USA, and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Centre d’Histoire et de Théorie des Arts, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France, where he remains an associate member. He has written a number of books and articles on the theory of cinema, image theory and contemporary visual culture. 

Translated by Zakiya Hanafi, Independent Scholar, USA

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“Connecting the current humanitarian crisis with the art of a baroque old master is a bold endeavour. It not only gives the museum pieces relevance for the outside world, but also shows the iconographic tools media use in their visual rhetoric. This shakes up both our complacency that relegates art to elitist enjoyment and our repetition-induced indifference to people dying, starving, and being displaced in front of our eyes. Zucconi makes art relevant again, and beauty socially useful.” (Mieke Bal, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, The Netherlands)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93378-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93377-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Displacing Caravaggio
Book Subtitle
Art, Media, and Humanitarian Visual Culture
Authors
Translated by
Hanafi, Z.
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93378-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93378-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93377-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 244
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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