Parution : The lives of images

The lives of images
The lives of images


Peter Mason has written and lectured widely in the field of the history of art and visual culture, especially in relation to Latin America. His previous books include The Lives of Images (Reaktion Books, 2001) and Before Disenchantment: Images of Exotic Animals and Plants in the Early Modern World (Reaktion, 2009).

Résumé de l’éditeur

In the Lives of Images, Peter Mason examines four striking case studies involving the production and transmission of visual images of non-European peoples. Beginning with what has been taken to be the earliest three-dimensional European representation of Native Americans, he then focuses on the migration of such images via 16th century Meso-American codices to the murals painted by Diego Rivera four centuries later.

Mason also looks at the relationship between drawing and engraving of natives of Formosa by Georges Psalmanaazaar, who never traveled to that country. Finally, he examines representations of the native peoples of Tierra del Fuego, from their first encounters with Europeans in the late 16th century to the present, paying particular attention to their visual traces in the work of such well-known artists as Odilon Redon.

Mason’s fascinating study teases out some of the implications of these particular cases to discover a concept of the image that is both primary and can truly be said to have a life of its own.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Lives (and Deaths) of Fuegians and Their Images
  • 2. Being There
  • 3. From America to Oxfordshire?
  • 4. The Purloined Codex
  • 5. Images and Objects
  • References
  • Photographic Acknowledgements
  • Index

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : London : Reaktion books
  • Date de parution : 2001
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (175 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
  • Collection : (Picturing history)
  • Notes bibliogr. Index
  • ISBN 1-86189-114-8 (rel.)
  • PARIS-BnF : Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2002-51416
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB

Olivier Jacquot

Coordonnateur de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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