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Christ to COKE : how image becomes icon

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does an image become iconic? In this book, the author, an art historian offers a look at the main types of visual icons. This work illuminates eleven universally recognized images, both historical and contemporary, to see how they arose and how they continue to function in our culture. It begins with the stock image of Christ's face, the founding icon, literally, since he was the central subject of early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Kemp
ISBN: 9780199581115 0199581118
OCLC Number: 757917484
Description: xxiv, 368 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Christ : the true icon --
The cross --
The heart --
The lion --
Mona Lisa --
Che --
Napalmed and naked --
Stars and stripes --
COKE : the bottle --
DNA --
E=mc² --
Fuzzy formulas.
Responsibility: Martin Kemp.
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Informative, funny, sad, and surprising by turns, this is the first book to look at all the main types of visual icon, taking eleven mega-famous examples, from Christ to the Coke bottle, to see how  Read more...

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