How Do We Look by Mary Beard audiobook

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

By Mary Beard
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    ISBN: 9781980006381

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. 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

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A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Anthropology

A BookPage Top Pick of September

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. 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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beard’s clear and often witty prose is on full display and, as usual, her book is filled with historical detail.” Publishers Weekly
“This illuminating and delightful book…presents art through the eyes of the people who lived, worked, and worshipped around it.” BookPage
“Beard reviews the very purpose of art: who made it, who viewed it, and how we see it…A joy to read, too short for certain, packed with lessons quickly absorbed.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Beard desires to shift the focus of art history from the artist to the viewer in this brief book.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Mary Beard

Author Bio: Mary Beard

Mary Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, is the author of the bestselling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. She is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a popular blogger and television personality.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 2.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English