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How do we look : the body, the divine, and the question of civilisation

Author: Mary Beard
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity. Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to "How Do We Look" and "The Eye of Faith," the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beard
ISBN: 9781631494406 1631494406
OCLC Number: 1048895806
Notes: "First published in Great Britain under the title CIVILISATIONS: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith."
Companion to the British television series Civilisations.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: A history of looking --
Part 1. The body in question. 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 revolution's legacy --
The Olmec wrestler --
Part 2. 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 --
Afterword: Looking at civilisation.
Other Titles: Civilisations.
Civilisations (Television program)
Responsibility: Mary Beard.

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"From prehistoric Mexico to modern Istanbul, Mary Beard looks beyond the familiar canon of Western imagery to explore the history of art, religion, and humanity. Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to "How Do We Look" and "The Eye of Faith," the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art"--

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