Perspective and Dis/possession: From Painting to Cinema

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Perspective and Dis/possession: From Painting to Cinema

Date and time

Tuesday 8 July, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

John David Rhodes

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The practice of painting in perspective allowed Italian Renaissance painters to offer a vision of places and spaces - often architectural interiors - that seem to relate to contemporary lived experience. However, the same formal structures that make the perspectival painting seem so vividly realistic are also the same structures that remind us that the painting's world is not our own.

Cinema also exhibits this ‘double vision’ of the seeming veracity and trickery of the perspectival image. In this talk, John David Rhodes will draw on paintings exhibited in ‘Building the Picture’ in order to explore how cinema seems to offer what the Renaissance painting does: a visual experience of possession that is actually a form of dispossession.

John David Rhodes

John David Rhodes is Reader in Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Sussex. He is published widely on thesubject of the  intersection of cinema and architecture. His books include 'Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome', 'Meshes of the Afternoon', and the edited collection 'Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image'.

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Image above: Detail from Sandro Botticelli, 'The Adoration of the Kings', about 1470-5