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The Pensive ImageArt as a Form of Thinking$
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Hanneke Grootenboer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226717951

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226718002.001.0001

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Tracing the Denkbild

Tracing the Denkbild

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(p.46) Chapter Two Tracing the Denkbild
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The Pensive Image
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Hanneke Grootenboer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226718002.003.0003

This chapter explores the genealogy of the pensive image in philosophical debate as well as in visual culture. It offers an in-depth discussion of the Denkbild or thought-image in the work of Johann Gottfried Herder, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Rancière and Johann Joachim Winckelmann. The chapter demonstrates to what extent certain philosophical concepts have been based on concrete art works. The chapter defines the pensive image’s stillness as an unrest-at-rest and concludes that art is able to articulate particular ideas in visual terms that cannot be put into words.

Keywords:   Denkbild, thought-image, Schöpfungshieroglyph, Walter Benjamin, emblem books, Romeyn de Hooghe, Adorno, Johann Gottfried Herder, Jacques Ranciere, Johann Joachim Winckelmann

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