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The Storm at SeaPolitical Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare$
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Christopher Pye

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265046

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265046.001.0001

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Leonardo’s Hand

Leonardo’s Hand

Mimesis, Sexuality, and the Polis

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(p.37) Chapter 2 Leonardo’s Hand
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The Storm at Sea
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Christopher Pye

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265046.003.0003

Chapter two explores aesthetic autonomy through Leonardo da Vinci’s depictions of the incarnation. Registering the divisive turn from poesis to auto-poesis, those images enact the contradictory logic of mimesis in its distinctly Renaissance form, suggesting the conditions for what can be termed the modern invention of immediacy. At the same time, the status of such absorptive representations as at once mere images and constitutive forms bears on the larger question of the political stakes of the image during the era. The “work” of the incarnationist image is, the chapter argues, intimately bound up with the question of the capacity of the polis to constitute itself in immanent form—to incarnate itself, as it were.

Keywords:   Leonardo da Vinci, Mimesis, Polis, Sexuality, Incarnation

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