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Too beautiful to picture : Zeuxis, myth, and mimesis

Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few tales of artistic triumph can rival the story of Zeuxis. As firstreported by Cicero and Pliny, the painter Zeuxis set out to portrayHelen of Troy, but when he realized that a single model could not matchHelens beauty, he combined the best features of five different models. A primer on mimesis in art making, the Zeuxis myth also illustratesambivalence about the ability to rely on nature as a model for idealform.
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Mansfield, Elizabeth, 1965-
Too beautiful to picture.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006027681
(OCoLC)71173747
Named Person: Zeuxis; Zeuxis
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Mansfield
ISBN: 9780816698165 0816698163
OCLC Number: 182775973
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 232 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Myth and Mimesis in western art history --
Art history as myth --
The Zeuxis myth --
Myth and Mimesis in the Renaissance --
Painting (like) Zeuxis --
Zeuxis in the academy --
Women artists and the Zeuxis myth --
Painting in the philosophical brothel --
Zeuxis in the operating room: Orlan's carnal art --
Conclusion: Zeuxis selecting models and the cultural unconscious.
Responsibility: Elizabeth C. Mansfield.

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Few tales of artistic triumph can rival the story of Zeuxis. As firstreported by Cicero and Pliny, the painter Zeuxis set out to portrayHelen of Troy, but when he realized that a single model could not matchHelens beauty, he combined the best features of five different models. A primer on mimesis in art making, the Zeuxis myth also illustratesambivalence about the ability to rely on nature as a model for idealform.

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