How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

Category: Book
By (author): Beard, Mary
Subject:  ART / General
  ART / History / Ancient & Classical
  HISTORY / Civilization
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.62in x 5.75in
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From The Publisher*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. Focusing in Part I on the Olmec heads of early Mesoamerica, the colossal statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, and the nudes of classical Greece, Beard explores the power, hierarchy, and gender politics of the art of the ancient world, and explains how it came to define the so-called civilized world. In Part II, Beard chronicles some of the most breathtaking religious imagery ever made-whether at Angkor Wat, Ravenna, Venice, or in the art of Jewish and Islamic calligraphers- to show how all religions, ancient and modern, have faced irreconcilable problems in trying to picture the divine. With this classic volume, Beard redefines the Western-and male-centric legacies of Ernst Gombrich and Kenneth Clark.
Biographical NoteA professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.