Titian's `Flaying of Marsyas': an analysis of the analyses
|OXFORD UNIV PRESS
|OXFORD ART JOURNAL
The Flaying of Marsyas was rediscovered as a work by Titian in 1924, The state of factual knowledge about this painting has only expanded marginally during the last thirty years or so, although on the basis of this empirical database substantially different interpretations have been developed. Held argues that important positions and controversies in art history during the postwar period are crystallised in the relatively short history of the painting's reception, and the Flaying of Marsyas can therefore serve as a key exemplar for a discussion of the problems of an historically adequate pictorial analysis. Her articles focuses on an analysis of existing analyses of the painting, in order to clarify the foundations, range and implications of the various procedures used. It seeks to demonstrate that methodological approaches establish interpretative preferences and are associated with exclusions - so that a certain amount of reception history, or of the history of scholarship, is also always tangible in the various analytical procedures. Only by taking this into account will the historian be able to assess critic-ally the validity of their own interpretation, that is comparatively, and at the same time locate it in the intellectual field.
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