Reading Pictures

Reading Pictures

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The language in which we speak about art has become steadily more abstruse, though for thousands of years this was not the case, Today, we live in a kaleidoscopic new world of images. Is there a vocabulary we can learn in order to read these images? Is there something we can do so as not to remain passive when we flip through an illustrated book or wander through a gallery, or are there ways in which we can 'read' the stories within paintings, monuments, buildings and sculptures? We say 'every picture tells a story', but does it? Taking a handful of extraordinary images - photographed, painted, built, sculpted - Alberto Manguel explores, with delight and erudition, how each one attempts to tell a story that we, the viewer, must decipher or invent. Whether delving into the love of life in the twentieth-century world of Joan Mitchell, or the brutal complexities of Picasso's treatment of his mistress; revisiting the riddles of the past in the fifteenth-century painting of Robert Campin, or exploring the heartrending life of 'the hairy girl' whose matted fur so astonished sixteenth-century Italy, he helps us to enjoy and explore the visual landscape we live in.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 234mm | 769g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations (some col.), facsim., plans, ports. (some col.)
  • 0747565562
  • 9780747565567

About Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel is a Canadian writer, novelist, translator and editor, acclaimed for several award-winning works, including the triumphant A HISTORY OF READING (A TLS International Book of the Year, a GLOBE AND MAIL Notable Book of the Year and winner of France's Prix des Medecis). He was born in Buenos Aires, has lived in Italy, france, England and Tahiti, and he bacame a Canadian citizen in 1985.show more

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