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Introduction to "Iconic Space and the Rule of Lands," by Marie-Jose Mondzain

From: Hypatia
Volume 15, Number 4, Fall 2000
pp. 55-57 | 10.1353/hyp.2000.0056


This introduction highlights two of Mondzain's contributions in the chapter reproduced here, "Iconic Space and the Rule of Lands." The first is her discussion of a link between images and power, which stresses the formal characteristics of paintings rather than their narratives. The second is her examination of the specific task which representation is called on to perform in religious as opposed to secular contexts, where spiritual, otherworldly figures are given physical shape and form.