The Subiconographic Surface: Two Temptations of Saint Anthony Painted on Stone.

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  • Author(s): Zierholz, Steffen (AUTHOR)
  • Source:
    Art Bulletin. Dec 2021, Vol. 103 Issue 4, p36-60. 25p.
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    • Abstract:
      Under examination are two Temptations of Saint Anthony on stone: one painted on ruin marble by Jacob van Swanenburgh, the other on oriental alabaster by an unknown Flemish artist. I explore the optical properties of the pictorial surface, the ontology of representation, and the impact of the stone support on visual perception. The unique surface qualities of the paintings are considered to function as subiconographic elements closely related to the pictorial subject. I argue that the use of stone as support is largely motivated by both the pictorial subject and religious practices related to it. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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