Introduction : art and objects in contemporary fiction. Aesthetic objects ; Enchantment ; Display ; Looking at collections ; Certain distances -- Details : Vermeer and specificity. In particular ; Women, objects, stillness ; A poetics of detail ; The fate of two paintings ; Labour and excess in Girl with a pearl earring -- Ornament : books in A case of curiosities and Salamander. Enchanted books ; Theories of ornament ; A case of curiosities : collection and display ; Books and infinity in Salamander -- Fragility : the case of Utz. Broken idols ; The end of museums ; Fragility -- Looking at ugliness : Pascali's island and Stone virgin. Representation ; Digging ; Theories of ugliness ; Conservation -- Conclusion : on display.
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