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By Leo Bersani

ISBN-10: 0262024497

ISBN-13: 9780262024495

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Many critics have explored the homoerotic message within the early pics of the baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In Caravaggio's secrets and techniques, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit emphasize in its place the impenetrability of those pix. the strain among erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat leads Bersani and Dutoit to finish that the curiosity of those works is of their illustration of an enigmatic handle that solicits intimacy that allows you to block it with a mystery. Bersani and Dutoit provide a psychoanalytic analyzing of the enigmatic handle as starting up relatives grounded in paranoid fascination. They examine Caravaggio's makes an attempt to maneuver past such family, his experiments with an area now not circumscribed via the mutual and paranoid, if erotically stimulating, fascination with imaginary secrets and techniques. In his most unique paintings, Caravaggio proposes a greatly new mode of connectedness, a nonerotic sensuality correct to the main interesting makes an attempt in our personal time to reconsider, even perhaps to reinvent, neighborhood.

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Many critics have explored the homoerotic message within the early pictures of the baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In Caravaggio's secrets and techniques, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit emphasize in its place the impenetrability of those graphics. the stress among erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat leads Bersani and Dutoit to finish that the curiosity of those works is of their illustration of an enigmatic handle that solicits intimacy to be able to block it with a mystery.

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The result of this original seduction is a tendency (operative in varying degrees) to structure all relations on the basis of an eroticizing mystification. If we feel not only, as Freud proposed, that others threaten the stability the ego must defend for its very survival but also, more dangerously, that we can be seduced by such threats, then it becomes reasonable to confront the world with paranoid mistrust. It is impossible for others to know the contents of their own address to us when that address includes the unintelligible (“nonmetabolized”) unconscious sediments of the seductively enigmatic signifiers by which they have been addressed.

Their positions and their curious or surprised expressions suggest that Jesus is not the cause of their lifting the tombstone so that Lazarus may be raised up, but rather that he has interrupted their activity. Both structurally and dramatically, Christ could be read as an intruder. If we didn’t know the story, we might feel that the resurrection of Lazarus was already taking place before Jesus unexpectedly appeared on the scene, an appearance the group to the right seems not yet to have noticed.

In the former (c. 1605–06; fig. 3), Caravaggio shows us the scholarly saint (St. Jerome translated the Hebrew and Greek Bible into Latin) engaged in intellectual activity, but the painting emphasizes the physicality of that activity. While Jerome appears to be wholly absorbed by books as well as by his own writing, we don’t see him writing or even reading. His pen is poised in midair, and his eyes seem to be focused on a point just off the left edge of the page to which his book is opened. He is between reading and writing, as well as between what he may have just written and what he will go on to write, and what he has just read and what he will read when his eyes return to the book he is holding.

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