Milette Gaifman, Yale University: "Divine Fluidities: Between Anthropomorphism and Aniconism"
Mon, March 24, 2014 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • DFA 2.204
The paper explores some areas of Greek art in which aniconism and anthropomorphism overlap. First, it considers the visual force of aniconism, namely a mode of marking divine presence without a figural image – typically in the ancient Greek context, pillars, stones, and empty spaces that suggest the presence of the divine. The paper then focuses on certain aspects of Greek anthropomorphism that undermine the prevalent idea that the gods have human form and/or share something of human nature. This twofold examination highlights the ways in which both aniconism and anthropomorphism convey in different ways the non-anthropomorphic dimensions of the Greek gods.