Christiane Hille: Training the Eye
Training the Eye
(p. 267 – 286)

The Installation of the Eye: Sandro Botticelli's Adorazioni and the Arrival of the Beholder in Fifteenth-Century Painting

Christiane Hille

Training the Eye
The Advent of the Beholder into Sandro Botticelli’s »Adorazioni«

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Like only few other pictorial themes in Western art, the Adoration of the Magi, rather than presenting a mere depiction of the event, manufactures an image of the experience of seeing itself. The great number of Adorazioni painted by Sandro Botticelli bespeak the process in which this type of seeing – through installing the gaze in 15th century painting – is transferred from a re-enactment of the experience of presence to a purely aesthetic relation between viewer and object.

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