Vol. 5 No. 2 (2012): Il verso dell’immagine

Iconica. L’intuizione delle immagini

Published 2012-10-16


  • Iconic,
  • aesthetics

How to Cite

Imdahl, M. (2012). Iconica. L’intuizione delle immagini. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 5(2), 11–32. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-11474


Posthumously published by Gottfried Boehm, Iconic may well be considered as a concise summa of Max Imdahl’s theories and methods. Referring to Panofsky and to his idea of an art-historical understanding on three levels («pre-iconographic», «iconographic» and «iconological»), Imdahl highlights the limits of such interpretation, suggesting the necessity of overcoming it and outlining a fourth level which he calls «iconic». Basing on this approach, it becomes possible to look at images as self-referential systems, as autonomous domains endowed with a constitutive and productive power irreducible to verbal explanation.


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