Pictures, Knowledge, and Power: The Case of T. J. Clark
It is uncontroversial that the content of some paintings can serve as historical evidence. Holbein’s paintings of the English court provide evidence of, for example, clothing styles of the period. Whether a particular painting is reliable in this respect will be a matter of historical inquiry into that particular painting. Was there a particular mode of dress that was worn only when sitting for paintings? Did the painter have a reason to misrepresent his subjects? No issues are raised here that do not apply quite generally to historical enquiry into primary sources.
KeywordsVisual Experience Visual Category English Court Picture Surface Artistic Practice
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