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

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

by James Elkins
 

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ISBN-10: 0415970539

ISBN-13: 9780415970532

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415970532
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
754,735
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Colorplatesvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Crying at nothing but colors1
2Crying no one can understand20
3Crying from chromatic waves40
4Crying because you've been hit by a lightning bolt56
5Weeping over bluish leaves74
6The ivory tower of tearlessness90
7False tears over a dead bird108
8Crying because time passes130
9Weeping, watching the Madonna weep150
10Crying at God166
11Sobbing in lonely mountains182
12Crying at the empty sea of faith196
Envoi: How to look and possibly even be moved205
AppendixThirty-two letters219
Sources259
Index265

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