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date: 24 May 2024

Barthes, Roland (1915–80) French critic, 

Source:
A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
Author(s):

Ian Chilvers,

John Glaves-Smith

known principally as a literary theorist but who has also exercised considerable impact on thinking about the visual arts. His work was based on semiology, the study of signs, and his project was first and foremost to uncover the workings of the sign. The idea that works of visual art should be understood as bearers of meaning is, of course, nothing novel. The iconological analysis of Panofsky (... ...

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