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In a Mirror and an Enigma: Nicholas of Cusa’s De Visione Dei and the Milieu of Vision

  • Taylor KnightEmail author


Nicholas of Cusa’s deployment of an omnivoyant image in the De visione Dei has been said to deconstruct Leon Battista Alberti’s mathematical determination of space in single-point linear perspective. While there has been some debate over whether the omnivoyant functions like a medieval icon or instead like a Renaissance painting, what has been neglected is a more careful analysis of what underlies the very structure of omnivoyance, namely the milieu from which its contradictions and paradoxes emerge. In this article, I will show how thinking the milieu of vision, implicit in Cusa’s optics, lets us overcome any overly simple binaries in these debates and deepen our understanding of the meaning of omnivoyance.


Nicholas of Cusa Perspective The icon The image Omnivoyance The gaze 



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  1. 1.Institut Catholique de ParisParisFrance

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