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The Spectator in the Picture

Hopkins, Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2001
  • Publisher: CUP
  • Country: United Kingdom
This paper considers whether pictures ever implicitly represent internal spectators of the scenes they depict, and what theoretical construal to offer of their doing so. Richard Wollheim's discussion (Painting as an Art, ch.3) is taken as the most sophisticated attempt to answer these questions. I argue that Wollheim does not provide convincing argument for his claim that some pictures implicitly represent an internal spectator with whom the viewer of the picture is to imaginatively identify. instead, I defend a view on which the external spectator simply imagines herself interacting, psychologically and otherwise, with the depicted scene. I explore some of the ...
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8. Thanks are due to Malcolm Budd, Dudley Knowles, Philip Percival, Monique Roeloffs, Anthony Savile, and Richard Wollheim.

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