The Preference for the Primitive: Episodes in the History of Western Taste and Art

The Preference for the Primitive: Episodes in the History of Western Taste and Art

by E.H. Gombrich
     
 

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This book is a study of a recurring phenomenon in the history of changing taste in the visual arts, namely the feeling that older and less sophisticated (i.e. 'primitive') works are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and decadent. Gombrich traces this idea back to classical antiquity and links it both with Cicero's

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This book is a study of a recurring phenomenon in the history of changing taste in the visual arts, namely the feeling that older and less sophisticated (i.e. 'primitive') works are somehow morally and aesthetically superior to later works that have become soft and decadent. Gombrich traces this idea back to classical antiquity and links it both with Cicero's observation that over-indulgence of the senses leads to a feeling of disgust, and with the profoundly influential metaphor comparing the development of art to that of a living organism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714846323
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.87(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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