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Les Iconophages, art history to devour, receives the 2022 Pierre-Daix prize

2022-11-28T17:40:18.162Z

This distinction, which consecrates a work on the history of modern and contemporary art, crowns the scholarly study of Jérémie Koering on the ingestion of images since Antiquity.



Who thought that cinema and art history were too distant cousins?

In

Red Dragon

(2002), directed by Brett Ratner based on the novel by Thomas Harris, Ralph Fiennes alias Francis Dolarhyde visits the drawing room of the Brooklyn Museum in New York and comes to a halt in front of a hallucinated romantic watercolor by William Blake (1757-1827),

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in the

Sun.

His fascination is fierce.

He knocks out the curator and devours the masterpiece.

Would art be edible?

Can we feast on art?

The Iconophages, a history of the ingestion of images

, is the scholarly response to this diabolical scenario, the completely serious study by Jérémie Koering, professor of modern art history at the University of Friborg on a practice millennium that reason has made disappear, to the point of making these practices incomprehensible today.

This strange little book, full of notes like a thesis, published by Actes sud in…

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Source: lefigaro

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