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But Belting overstates the contrasting monolithic quality of traditional art history, since one can find a level of alterity even in the writings of the old guard--Aby Warburg, on the Pueblo Indians, say, or Riegl, in positing a history of ornament against the materialist assumption that it must, as decoration, be a universal answer to a timeless human need.
This volume offers a postmodern meditation on Renaissance representations of nothing, positing the "zero-coin-counter-cipher-matrix-magician's circle-O" (24) as a key to Renaissance culture.
He also likened the geographic prohibition to ethnic cleansing, positing that police would inevitably target racial minorities.