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How do we look? : the eye of faith

Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2018.
Series: Civilisations (London, England).
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Spring 2018 sees an ambitious BBC re-make of Kenneth Clark's 1969 BBC series Civilisation, presented by Britain's foremost historians, embracing global civilisations and exploring different themes in the universal histories of art and culture. Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation. In Part One she examines how the human figure was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beard
ISBN: 9781781259993 1781259992
OCLC Number: 1030947280
Notes: At head of title: Civilisations.
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Description: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE HOW DO WE LOOIC? --
Prologue: Heads and Bodies --
A Singing Statue --
Greek Bodies --
The Look of Loss: From Greece to Rome --
The Emperor of China and the Power of Images --
Supersizing a Pharaoh --
The Greek Revolution --
The Stain on the Thigh --
The Revolutions Legacy --
The Olmec Wrestler --
pt. TWO THE EYE OF FAITH --
Prologue: Sunrise at Angkor Wat --
Who's Looking? `Cave Art' at Ajanta --
Who or What Was Jesus? --
Questions of Vanity --
A Living Statue? --
The Artfulness of Islam --
Bible Stories --
The Scars of Battle --
Hindu Images, Islamic Idioms --
Faith in Civilisation.
Series Title: Civilisations (London, England).
Responsibility: Mary Beard.

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"Spring 2018 sees an ambitious BBC re-make of Kenneth Clark's 1969 BBC series Civilisation, presented by Britain's foremost historians, embracing global civilisations and exploring different themes in the universal histories of art and culture. Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation. In Part One she examines how the human figure was portrayed in some of the earliest art in the world. In Part Two Mary Beard turns to the relationship between art and religion. Beginning with the Jericho painted skulls from 10,000 years ago, and the extraordinary figures of Ain Ghazal, she examines in depth the creativity that gave identity to ancient Egypt, where colossi of powerful rulers were also matched by the depictions of citizens and the wider population. From there, we explore the unprecedented art of the Greek revolution, where beauty and the perfection of the human figure set a benchmark for all Western art to come, and profoundly influenced the flowering of human sculpture in Rome. Finally, it moves to China to examine the vast army of Terracotta Warriors commissioned by the first emperor, and ends with the unexpected figure of Monk Wuxia, a mummified Buddhist monk created from the body of the monk himself."--

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