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New in Renaissance Quarterly
A Review of Into the White

In a new review in Renaissance Quarterly, Keith Moxey discusses Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image by Christopher Heuer. Click here to learn more about the book. Click the button to the left to read the full review. An excerpt appears below:

“Heuer draws an explicit parallel between the inability to form an image of the Arctic with the raging iconoclasm that was taking place in Northern Europe at the same time. At a moment when European visual culture was being transformed from objects of cultic veneration to forms of religious propaganda or aesthetic appreciation, when the value of the image as ontological presence was replaced by its value as representation, visual imagery of Inuit and other northern peoples (including woodcut broadsheets of captives) were used in Reformation polemics to argue both iconodule and iconoclast positions. He argues that this paradox suggests that hesitation and perplexity about the status and function of images coincided with the difficulty of conceiving the Arctic.”