a brigade of aesthetic police.

Must be my favourite quote about the shadowy nature of ekphrasis. “Everywhere in ekphrastic studies we encounter the language of subterfuge, of conspiracy, there is something taboo about moving across media,…

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“The enormity of the descriptive act cannot be exaggerated or overstated. It constitutes a movement from art to text, from visual to verbal, that is inevitably a betrayal.”

Jas Elsner in his 2010 essay ‘Art History as Ekphrasis’
in Journal Art History (33, 1, pp. 10-27)

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper