The sensibility and brilliant intellect of Panofsky, in a cycle of lectures touching on unusual subject matter for an art historian.
[Three essays on style. The Baroque, Cinema and the Rolls Royce] These essays offer a form of direct visual communication, full of wit and discoveries regarding thematic nuclei of great interest, revealing new facets of the sensibility and personality of Panofsky. The itinerary is historical, but intertwined with considerations on method, reflections, analysis and observations that shed unique light on different aspects of the subject matter.
The central focus is style, an issue addressed in all this writer’s works, but treated in particular depth in these essays. Panofsky describes the visual characteristics of works belonging to the Baroque, to cinema, to England, providing an assessment based on a wide conceptual framework of reference.