Girl with Dead Bird

Intercultural Observations

Volkmar Mühleis (Author),

Category: Art, History, History 1500-1800, History 1800-present, Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701373

Publication date: March 20, 2018

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Number of pages: 180

Size: 216 x 140 x 15 mm

Number of illustrations: 7

Illustrations and other content description:
7 black & white images

Stock item: 121245

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Life and death in a sixteenth-century masterpiece

Life and death in a sixteenth-century masterpiece

The portrait we have come to call Little Girl with Dead Bird is an enigma. On the one hand, we hardly know anything about this sixteenth-century masterpiece. But even so, on the other hand, the picture fascinates viewers to this day. This painting’s indeterminate yet compelling status provides Volkmar Mühleis grounds to look beyond its historical significance and to explore its anthropological scope as well, from an intercultural perspective and, moreover, against the backdrop of its complex of themes concerning life and death. To do so, Mühleis returns to the conceptual premises that frame the relationship between the history of art and the anthropology of images, along with those that juxtapose Western and Eastern philosophies.

Little girl with dead bird Art-historical considerations

Thoughts on life and death (I)

Intercultural comparisons

Thoughts on life and death (II)

Art and anthropology

Thoughts on life and death (III)


List of illustrations


Volkmar Mühleis

Volkmar Mühleis teaches philosophy and aesthetics at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels and Ghent. His research enfolds studies on blindness and art, artistic practice and theory, and politics and art, among others. As reviewer he publishes regularly in Philosophische Rundschau.

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