Art History Unstuffed. Art and “Thick Description,” Part One

ART AND THICK DESCRIPTION

CLIFFORD GEERTZ AND ART HISTORY

Part One of Art and Thick Description,” a series on the relationship between Clifford Geertz and art history was posted on March 21, 2014 on Art History Unstuffed. This post discusses the ways in which Geertz developed his idea of “thick description” from his studies of the philosophers in the Warburg Library, who included Ernst Cassirer and Erwin Panofsky.

The semiotic reading, as Geertz said, cannot be accomplished without the creation of a “thick” or multilayered, “description” of the conditions that make not just the production of meaning but also meaning itself possible.

Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette

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