„Those who like to interpret historical facts symbolically may recognize in this the spirit of a specifically "modern" conception of the world which permits the subject to assert itself against the object as something independent and equal; whereas classical antiquity did not as yet permit the explicit formulation of this contrast; and whereas the Middle Ages believed the subject as well as the object to be submerged in a higher unity.“

— Erwin Panofsky, Meaning in the Visual Arts

Erwin Panofsky1
deutsch-amerikanischer Kunsthistoriker 1892 - 1968

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