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The Memory ProcessNeuroscientific and Humanistic Perspectives$
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Suzanne Nalbantian, Paul M. Matthews, and James L. McClelland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014571

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014571.001.0001

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Memory in Art

Memory in Art

History and the Neuroscience of Response

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The Memory Process

David Freedberg

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on Rogier van der Weyden's Descent from the Cross, one of the great masterpieces of fifteenth-century Flemish painting. The work poses a large number of difficult questions about the nature and varieties of memory—particularly, that the question of memory cannot be considered outside the modulating or even preemptive effects of direct or unmediated and indirect or mediated responses to such a work. By “direct and indirect” or “unmediated and mediated,” the chapter here refers to the dialectic between responses that seem to be automatic and predicated on immediate or felt bodily responses, on the one hand, and those that are mediated by concept, reflection, and recollection, on the other. The broader context for this chapter is provided by recent developments in the neuroscience of the bodily consequences of sight of movement and emotion.

Keywords:   varieties of memory, Flemish painting, Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross, felt bodily responses, neuroscience, bodily consequences, sight of movement, emotion

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