Imago Hominis
Untertitel: Studies in the Language of Art
[1994] [9780814712313]

Autor: Barasch, Moshe

Erscheinungsort: New York

Verlag: New York University Press

Disziplin: Kunst,Art

Schlagworte: kunst,art

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In 17 articles and lectures written over the past decade, Israeli art historian Barasch (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) deals with the image of the human figure from antiquity to the 20th century. He shows how in all cultures this image was conceived as being not the mere imitation of nature, but the reflection of cultural traditions and the religious vision of its creator. A new essay linking the themes explored serves as the introduction. With 182 b&w illustrations. Published by IRSA Verlag, Rudengasse 6, A-1030, Wien (Vienna), Austria. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The image of man, as reflected in the visual arts, is a product of cultural traditions and social imagination rather than a mere piece of nature. The studies collected in this volume deal with different aspects of this subject. The articles and lectures assembled here range from Antiquity to the Baroque, and even to Picasso. They concentrate on three themes. The first part, dealing with the face, contains studies of Greek masks as articulations of character and state of mind, and the afterlife of these physiognomic patterns in European art and aesthetic thought. The second part, the human figure as a "pathos formula", is mainly concerned with movement and gesture as articulate means of the "language of art". The third part brings together studies of artistic representations of a particular social figure - the ruler - from Late Antique mosaics to Baroque monuments. Some studies focus on individual works of art, or on particular motifs within paintings, such as Giotto's figure of Satan. Another group deals with the history of specific aspects, such as the frontality of the face of Christ. All studies seek to bring out in some concrete detail how broad cultural and religious attitudes can be seen in individual motifs and themes.

eingetragen von: Sylvia Meyer