Knowing Art pp 19-33 | Cite as

Pictures, Knowledge, and Power: The Case of T. J. Clark

  • Derek Matravers
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 107)

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.


Visual Experience Visual Category English Court Picture Surface Artistic Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek Matravers
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  1. 1.PhilosophyUniversity College LondonUK

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