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Biomedicine in museums

Simon Schama's new appreciation of the thing in itself

By December 18, 2006No Comments

Keith Miller reviews Simon Schama’s BBC2 series “Power of Art” in TLS (1 December). Four central quotes from the essay:

  • “What Schama gives us on screen is a series of deft essays in what used to be called art appreciation”
  • “What is under discussion is primarily the thing in itself”
  • “Schama’s purpose is to enact a kind of ritual. The power of art is personal, and as much visceral as visual. It is the power to hold our gaze across the years or centuries; and it goes without saying — or it does if you’re not trying too hard to contextualize — that only the best art carries such a power”
  • “Prating on about brush strokes has long been somewhat unfashionable, and it’s a brave thing for Schama to do …”

We are closing in on the presence of museum objects now, aren’t we? 

Thomas Söderqvist

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