Ad vivum? : visual materials and the vocabulary of life-likeness in Europe before 1800 / edited by Thomas Balfe, Joanna Woodall, Claus Zittel.

Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
xvii, 359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Intersections (Boston, Mass.); v. 61.
Intersections : interdisciplinary studies in early modern culture ; volume 61.

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Art -- Historiography -- Terminology.
Latin language -- Terms and phrases.
Historiography -- Europe -- History.
Resemblance (Philosophy).
Visual communication -- Europe -- History.
Knowledge, Theory of -- Europe -- History.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Visual communication.
"The term ad vivum and its cognates al vivo, au vif, nach dem Leben and naer het leven have been applied since the thirteenth century to depictions designated as from, to or after (the) life. This book explores the issues raised by this vocabulary and related terminology with reference to visual materials produced and used in Europe before 1800, including portraiture, botanical, zoological, medical and topographical images, images of novel and newly discovered phenomena, and likenesses created through direct contact with the object being depicted. The designation ad vivum was not restricted to depictions made directly after the living model, and was often used to advertise the claim of an image to be a faithful likeness or a bearer of reliable information. Viewed as an assertion of accuracy or truth, ad vivum raises a number of fundamental questions in the area of early modern epistemology--questions about the value and prestige of visual and/or physical contiguity between image and original, about the kinds of information which were thought important and dependably transmissible in material form, and about the roles of the artist in that transmission. The recent interest of historians of early modern art in how value and meaning are produced and reproduced by visual materials which do not conform to the definition of art as unique invention, and of historians of science and of art in the visualisation of knowledge, has placed the questions surrounding ad vivum at the centre of their common concerns. Contributors include: José Beltrán, Carla Benzan, Eleanor Chan, Robert Felfe, Mechthild Fend, Sachiko Kusukawa, Pieter Martens, Richard Mulholland, Noa Turel, and Daan Van Heesch"-- Provided by publisher.
Introduction: From living presence to lively likeness
the lives of ad vivum / Thomas Balfe and Joanna Woodall
Naer het leven : between image-generating techniques and aesthetic mediation / Robert Felfe
Ad vivum images and knowledge of nature in early modern Europe / Sachiko Kusukawa
Paintworks au vif to paintings from life : early Netherlandish paintings in the round and the invention of indexicality / Noa Turel
Cities under siege portrayed ad vivum in early Netherlandish prints (1520-1565) / Pieter Martens
"Jerusalem naert leven"? : envisioning the Holy City in the Low Countries (1525-1575) / Daan van Heesch
Coming to life at the Sacro Monte of Varallo : the sacred image al vivo in post-Tridentine Italy / Carla Benzan
The vital breath : mathematical visualizations in England and the Netherlands around 1600 / Eleanor Chan
Nature au naturel in late-seventeenth-century France / Jose Beltran
Drawing the cadaver ad vivum : Gerard de Lairesse's illustrations for Govard Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis / Mechthild Fend
The mechanism and materials of painting colour ad vivum in the eighteenth century / Richard Mulholland.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Balfe, Thomas, editor.
Woodall, Joanna, editor.
Zittel, Claus, editor.
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