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    The Art of the Body: Antiquity and Its Legacy (Ancients and Moderns) (Paperback) By (author) Michael Squire

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    DescriptionThe art of the human body is arguably the most important and wide-ranging legacy bequeathed to us by Classical antiquity. Not only has it directed the course of western image-making, it has shaped our collective cultural imaginary - as ideal, antitype, and point of departure. This book is the first concerted attempt to grapple with that legacy: it explores the complex relationship between Graeco-Roman images of the body and subsequent western engagements with them, from the Byzantine icon to Venice Beach (and back again). Instead of approaching his material chronologically, Michael Squire faces up to its inherent modernity. Writing in a lively and accessible style, and supplementing his text with a rich array of pictures, he shows how Graeco-Roman images inhabit our world as if they were our own. The Art of the Body offers a series of comparative and thematic accounts, demonstrating the range of cultural ideas and anxieties that were explored through the figure of the body both in antiquity and in the various cultural landscapes that came afterwards. If we only strip down our aesthetic investment in the corpus of Graeco-Roman imagery, Squire argues, this material can shed light on both ancient and modern thinking. The result is a stimulating process of mutual illumination - and an exhilarating new approach to Classical art history.


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    Title
    The Art of the Body
    Subtitle
    Antiquity and Its Legacy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Squire
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 373 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845119317
    ISBN 10: 1845119312
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, ART015060, ART050000
    BIC subject category V2: ACB
    DC22: 704.942
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NK, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    70 integrated, 16 colour in 8pp plates
    Publisher
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
    Imprint name
    I.B.Tauris
    Publication date
    30 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michael Squire is Junior Research Fellow in Classics and Art History at Christ's College in Cambridge, and Alexander von Humboldt-Stipendiat at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich and Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin. His other books include Panorama of the Classical World (with Nigel Spivey; second edition 2008), Image and Text in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (2009) and The Iliad in a Nutshell: Visualizing Epic on the Iliac Tablets (2011); he has also co-edited The Art of Art History in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (2010).