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Author Squire, Michael.

Title The art of the body : antiquity and its legacy / Michael Squire.

Published Oxford [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
©2011

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 UniM Bail  704.942 SQUI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm.
Series Ancients and moderns.
Ancients and moderns series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-228) and index.
Contents Embodying the classical -- Figuring what comes naturally? Writing the 'art history' of the body -- The ancient female nude (and other modern fictions) -- Stripping down and undressing up -- On gods made men made images.
Summary "The classical human body is perhaps the single most important and wide-ranging legacy bequeathed to the modern world by antiquity. Not only has it directed the evolutionary trajectory of western art; it has also saturated almost every aspect of the contemporary subconscious, as ideal, anti-type and point of departure. This short book represents the first concerted attempt to grapple with the complex nature of that legacy. Writing in an attractive and accessible style, and supplementing his text with a rich array of illustrations, Michael Squire guides his readers through a multifaceted range of modern interactions with ancient visual representations of the body. From Byzantine diptych to Hollywood cinema screen, and from Aphrodite to the Venus de Milo, The Art of the Body demonstrates the wide range of cultural ideas and anxieties that were explored by the figure of the body both in antiquity and in the various cultural landscapes that came afterwards. In exploring the fascinating connections between ancient and modern in the broadest sense, the book offers an ideal starting point and a stimulating textbook for undergraduate students of ancient history, classical archaeology and classical civilization"--Provided by publisher.
"The classical human body is perhaps the single most important and wide-ranging legacy bequeathed to the modern world by antiquity. Not only has it directed the evolutionary trajectory of western art; it has also saturated almost every aspect of the contemporary subconscious, as ideal, anti-type and point of departure. This short book represents the first concerted attempt to grapple with the complex nature of that legacy. Writing in an attractive and accessible style, and supplementing his text with a rich array of illustrations, Michael Squire guides his readers through a multifacted range of modern interactions with ancient visual representations of the body. From Byzantine diptych to Hollywood cinema screen, and from Aphrodite to the Venus da Milo, The Art of the Body demonstrates the wide range of cultural ideas and anxieties that were explored by the figure of the body both in antiquity and in the various cultural landscapes that came afterwards. In exploring the fascinating connections between ancient and modern in the broadest sense, the book offers an ideal starting point and a stimulating textbook for undergraduate students of ancient history, classical archaeology and classical civilization"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Human beings in art -- Psychological aspects.
Art, Classical.
Art and society.
Civilization, Modern -- Classical influences.
ISBN 9780195380804 (hbk.)
0195380800 (hbk.)
9780195380811 (paperback)
0195380819 (paperback)