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The many meanings of a gestural motif

Cooperrider, Kensy (2021) The many meanings of a gestural motif. Journal of Art Historiography (25). ISSN 2042-4752

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In an insightful 1887 essay, the Danish art historian Julius Lange explored the many meanings of a common but overlooked gesture—that of bringing a hand to one’s chest. Through a close study of how this motif changed across centuries of European art, he raised questions about the nature of bodily meaning, its multiplicity, and the forces that shape it—questions that contemporary gesture researchers still grapple with. His essay also raised questions—tantalizing if perhaps unanswerable—about how gesture in art compares to gesture in life.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
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Date:December 2021
Keywords:gesture; painting; expression; emotion; pointing
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
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