On Ugliness

On Ugliness

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’sOn Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness also in the eye of the beholder? Eco’s encyclopedic knowledge and captivating storytelling skills combine in this ingenious study of the Ugly, revealing that what we often shield ourselves from and shun in everyday life is what we’re most attracted to subliminally. Topics range from Milton’s Satan to Goethe’s Mephistopheles; from witchcraft and medieval torture tactics to martyrs, hermits, and penitents; from lunar births and disemboweled corpses to mythic monsters and sideshow freaks; and from Decadentism and picturesque ugliness to the tacky, kitsch, and camp, and the aesthetics of excess and vice. With abundant examples of painting and sculpture ranging from ancient Greek amphorae to Bosch, Brueghel, and Goya among others, and with quotations from the most celebrated writers and philosophers of each age, this provocative discussion explores in-depth the concepts of evil, depravity, and darkness in art and literature.

Baker & Taylor
In a companion volume to his "History of Beauty," the renowned philosopher and cultural critic analyzes our attraction to the gruesome, horrific, and repellant in visual culture and the arts, drawing on abundant examples of painting and sculpture, ranging from antiquity to the works of Bosch, Goya, and others.

Baker
& Taylor

In a companion volume to his History of Beauty, the renowned philosopher and cultural critic analyzes our attraction to the gruesome, horrific, and repellant in visual culture and the arts, drawing on abundant examples of painting and sculpture, ranging from antiquity to the works of Bosch, Goya, and others, complemented by quotations by celebrated writers and thinkers. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780847829866
0847829863
Characteristics: 455 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Eco, Umberto

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JoeKerr
Mar 19, 2012

This book offers a wide selection of art and philosophical views of beauty and ugliness. It is filled with excerpts and poems to pique anyone's interests. It really inspired me in my art.

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