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Author: Rose Marie San Juan
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 11 August 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.3
In early modern Europe, the visual image began to move, not only as it traveled across great distances but also due to the introduction of innovative visual formats that produced animation within the image itself.
This book traces the arduous journeys of visual images through evidence of their use and reproduction along missionary routes from Europe to India, Japan, China, Brazil and Chile. It argues that missionary world travel was crucial to the early modern re-animation of the image through devices such as the reflection of the mirror, the multiple registers of vision of the anthropomorphic image, the imaginative and disorienting possibilities of the utopic image, and even the reconstitution of the sacred image with memories of the relation of travel to life and death. These journeys produced a new kind of visual image, one closely related to the changing experience of the human body, including its extension through new technologies. A crucial point of reference is the legendary 1540s travels across south Asia of Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier, whose burial in Goa and ultimate failure to return to Europe became a provocation not only for subsequent m...
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