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Revolution française? Celebrating the anniversaries of Damisch’s The Origin of Perspective and Marin’s To Destroy Painting

Posted By Itay Sapir, Sunday, April 23, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017

As RSA is heading to La Nouvelle Orléans, this panel aims to take stock of two groundbreaking French art history texts currently celebrating, respectively, their 40th and 30th anniversary. Louis Marin’s To Destroy Painting and The Origin of Perspective by Hubert Damisch were both translated into English and other languages, and had considerable impact on art historical discussions around their topics.

The books address very different periods and questions – Damisch’s objects are situated close to RSA’s earlier chronological limit, whereas Marin’s study analyzes art from the last century of our Society’s temporal spectrum. Both, however, invented methods and ways of speaking about art that have been highly influential across early modern art historical scholarship. And both originated in the same scholarly milieu among whose heirs are prominent art historians such as Daniel Arasse, Georges Didi-Huberman and Giovanni Careri, among many others.

For this panel, we seek papers discussing one of these seminal books – or indeed both together – and the legacy of Damisch’s and Marin’s contributions to the discipline.  

Please send abstracts (up to 250 words) and short biographical notes to Itay Sapir,, by May 20, 2017.

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