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Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation
     

Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation

by David Rosand
 

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Drawing Acts is about drawing, both as art and act. Taking the study of drawings beyond the traditional agenda of connoisseurship, David Rosand explores the significance of the making of drawings, the meaning in the line of the draftsman, and the recreative dimension of critical response. The book focuses on drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael,

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Drawing Acts is about drawing, both as art and act. Taking the study of drawings beyond the traditional agenda of connoisseurship, David Rosand explores the significance of the making of drawings, the meaning in the line of the draftsman, and the recreative dimension of critical response. The book focuses on drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Tiepolo and Picasso, as well as on the history and theory of the medium itself. It seeks to establish new foundations for the criticism and appreciation of drawing, which is often considered the most revealing record of artistic creativity, offering the most direct expression of the artistic self.

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'... this is a brilliant and penetrating book: learned, urbane, well-written ... and above all informed by a deep, visual sensibility which makes his detailed analysis of individual works of art exceptionally full and compelling.' Apollo Magazine
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Rosand (art history, Columbia U.) presents ideas that he first aired publicly in a 1977 lecture and has cultivated since then. His explorations extend far beyond the traditional agenda of connoisseurship with regard to drawing; instead he looks at the phenomenology of drawing<-->the making of drawings and the meanings that can be discerned from them as a record of the workings of hand, body, and mind. Seeking new foundations for the criticism and appreciation of drawing, he focuses carefully on drawings by artists such as da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Picasso, among others, as well as on the history and theory of the medium itself. The text is supported by 332 b&w plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781316637524
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2016
Pages:
443
Product dimensions:
8.19(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.85(d)

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