Is There Really Something Which Might Be Called a 'Self-Demonstrating Picture' : Even Within Scientific Imagery? Some Observations on a Double Illusion of Communication

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Abstract

I will propose some ideas about such pictures claiming to be self-demonstrating or selfillustrating, mostly using some classical anatomy illustrations. Based on these you may say that the anatomy seems to create a remarkable, realistic pictorial code, which casts together in one single, selfdemonstrating shape, an object of knowledge with the properties of the natural object itself. This is the paradox of the self-demonstrating picture’s double illusion of communication: on the one hand it seems to be a picture of the natural appearance of the object, but on the other it is, in fact, simultaneously a depiction of a cognitive concept, a visual name of this object. It is a conditional and man-made classification, which is embodied into the body itself.

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Authors
  • Torsten Weimarck
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Art History

Keywords

  • scientific images, anatomy, picture theory, self-demonstrating pictures
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIdeas in History. Journal of the Nordic Society in the History of Ideas
EditorsBen Dorfman
PublisherMuseum Tusculanum Press
Pages71-87
Number of pages17
VolumeVol. 5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventThe Image in Science: Infrequently Asked Questions. Responses of the humanities to visualism in science. - Lund University
Duration: 2009 Nov 6 → …

Publication series

Name
NumberNo. 1-2, 2010/11
VolumeVol. 5
ISSN (Print)1890-1832

Conference

ConferenceThe Image in Science: Infrequently Asked Questions. Responses of the humanities to visualism in science.
Period2009/11/06 → …

Bibliographic note

The paper is accepted to be published in the journal Ideas in History.

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