Flying Out of This World / Edition 2

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Overview


Flights of fancy and fear, ecstatic highs, dreadful falls, and beckoning skies: these are the images British filmmaker Peter Greenaway collects and dissects in Flying out of This World, the second volume in a series developed by the Louvre and devoted to innovative writing on the visual arts.

As guest curator, Greenaway selected from the Louvre's collection of European prints and drawings ninety-one masterpieces that illustrate the human longing for flight. Greenaway's text, a compilation of brief commentaries that combine description, allusion, and interpretation, illuminate the images as depictions of flight desired and denied. Including works by Redon, Goya, Brueghel, Michelangelo, Mantegna, Rubens, Poussin, and Delacroix, this volume offers a combination of literary and visual art, of sight and insight.

A pursuit through the Bible, classical mythology, cosmology, theology, etymology, ornithology, and meteorology, Flying out of This World is not just an illustrated history of imagined flight, but a meditation on its meaning as a metaphor for the human condition, caught between a weighty body and a soaring spirit.

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Originally published in a bilingual format as Le Bruit des Nuages, SPADEM, ADAGP, Paris, 1992; presented here as an English version. Greenaway trained as a painter before beginning his career as a film director (The Draughtsman's Contract; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; and Prospero's Books). He has selected images from Western art and arranged them in nine topical sections beginning with earth-bound gravity and proceeding through the skies, the lower reaches, the stratosphere, the great fall, the disgraced, and hell. Then he "writes of [the images] as though they might be an argumentative, discursive excuse for a film" (from his introduction)--a description which only partially conveys the flavor and content of his wide-ranging, imaginative commentary. Paper edition (unseen), $39.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226306377
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.81 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Flying out of this World
1. Earth-bound with Gravity
2. Possibilities of Flight
3. Flight Begins
4. The Skies
5. The Lower Reaches
6. The Stratosphere
7. The Great Fall Begins
8. The Disgraced
9. Flying in Hell
List of Illustrations
Source Notes
Index of Artists
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