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The Off-ScreenAn Investigation of the Cinematic Frame$
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Eyal Peretz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781503600720

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503600720.001.0001

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The Unframing Image

The Unframing Image

(p.3) The Unframing Image
The Off-Screen

Eyal Peretz

Stanford University Press

The book opens its investigation of the category of the “off” by examining a paradigmatic painting of the early modern period, Rembrandt’s The Sacrifice of Isaac. The painting is shown to involve a reflection on the historical significance of the modern category of the “off”. The key element is the painting’s attempt to differentiate the dimension of the outside the frame (the “off”) of a modern painting from the outside the frame in a sacred image. While in the sacred image the outside is conceived as the divine, in the modern painting the outside marks the disappearance of the divine. This new dimension of the “off” is also conceived, due to its critique of the logic of the divine, as what allows for a liberation from the logic of sacrifice that guided the monotheistic religions.

Keywords:   Rembrandt, sacrifice, frame, monotheism, territory, modernity

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