Patterns of redemption: parachronicity in the work of Piero della Francesca, Frank Zappa and Stanley Spencer
Barwell, Michael John, 1953- (2002) Patterns of redemption: parachronicity in the work of Piero della Francesca, Frank Zappa and Stanley Spencer. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Works of art often refer to one another. Perhaps a closer examination of this relationship occurs if they are theoretically displaced from the sequence of events that contextualise them. Placed side-by-side, they may take on a fresh meaning that might identify artistic intention as universal — as a 'redemptive' statement of Being.
Both Piero della Francesca and Stanley Spencer painted 'Resurrection' pictures. The five hundred years that separate them notwithstanding, the reasons for their so doing must bear some comparison. Each made a statement of belief in their depiction of a metaphysical world created primarily in the imagination but housed in cultural milieus that would identify them as 'visionary' amongst their peers. Yet, in many ways, one picture is the antithesis to the other, the first deeply religious, the second highly personal. Regardless of their differences, each work might perpetually and simultaneously strive toward 'the spiritual' in an individual and universal sense.
As an artist whose work ostensibly denies any lofty 'spiritual' aspiration whatsoever, Frank Zappa's dismissal of authority, whether couched in religious, musical or sociological terms, marks a valid juxtaposition to current acceptance of artistic form. Not only was it legitimate to invite a musician into the affray, for me it was a vital continuation of my earlier exploration. Zappa seriously challenges the notion of 'feeling' as little more than a pre-set conditioned response to music. I hoped to establish that Zappa's own quest for musical perfection flew in the face of his notorious cynicism, proclaiming his output as 'redemptive' — alongside that of Piero della Francesca and Stanley Spencer.
It is the main contention here that as the human predicament requires that the artist should attempt to re-present his vision in order to redefine reality for himself and his peers, the role of artist as 'visionary' is worthy of perennial consideration.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Piero, della Francesca, 1416?-1492, Spencer, Stanley, Sir, 1891-1959, Zappa, Frank, Redemption in art, Time and art, Spirituality in art, Spirituality in music|
|Official Date:||September 2002|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Institute of Education|
Physical version accompanied by CD-ROM 'Watermelon in Easter Hay' by Frank Zappa in pocket inside back cover. Please see official url for details of how to access this version.
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|Extent:||321 leaves : col. ill.|
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