Pictures and Tears: A History of People who Have Cried in Front of Paintings / Edition 1

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Overview

Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415970532
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,373,298
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Elkins is Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including How to Use Your Eyes and What Painting Is, both published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Colorplates vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1 Crying at nothing but colors 1
2 Crying no one can understand 20
3 Crying from chromatic waves 40
4 Crying because you've been hit by a lightning bolt 56
5 Weeping over bluish leaves 74
6 The ivory tower of tearlessness 90
7 False tears over a dead bird 108
8 Crying because time passes 130
9 Weeping, watching the Madonna weep 150
10 Crying at God 166
11 Sobbing in lonely mountains 182
12 Crying at the empty sea of faith 196
Envoi: How to look and possibly even be moved 205
Appendix Thirty-two letters 219
Sources 259
Index 265
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