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The Pensive Image: Art as a Form of Thinking

Hanneke Grootenboer


The Pensive Image introduces a new artistic category of “pensive images” that asks viewers to philosophize instead of calling for interpretation. While before the 19th century, art and philosophy were seen as sister arts, with the birth of art history as a discipline, the philosophical dimension of art has since been largely ignored. This book argues that art is a form of thinking, and that images trigger thought rather than offering a meaning or narrative. Coupling early modern works to modern and contemporary art, the book gives in five chapters an in-depth, transhistorical account of how ar ... More

Keywords: art, philosophy, aesthetics, 17th century Dutch art, transhistorical, art as thinking, art and thought, sister arts, art and contemplation, art and interiority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226717951
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226718002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hanneke Grootenboer, author
Radboud University

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