The Body: in Three Dimensions

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Throughout history the human figure has been central to art making, and three dimensional sculpture has played a particularly dramatic role. Sculpture, more than the other arts, may claim to represent reality, as myths about speaking statues and romances between sculptor and artwork attest. In our own time the image of the body has become a battleground of opinions about the purposes and value of art. Now Tom Flynn confronts this fascinating and difficult topic directly, surveying the human body in Western ...
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Throughout history the human figure has been central to art making, and three dimensional sculpture has played a particularly dramatic role. Sculpture, more than the other arts, may claim to represent reality, as myths about speaking statues and romances between sculptor and artwork attest. In our own time the image of the body has become a battleground of opinions about the purposes and value of art. Now Tom Flynn confronts this fascinating and difficult topic directly, surveying the human body in Western sculpture from prehistory to the present. He focuses on the ways representation of the human body has changed in style, in meaning, in function. Examining religious and secular, nude and clothed, radical and conservative artworks. Among the many issues he explores are the differences between three-dimensional and two-dimensional representations of the body; the beautiful and the distorted body; the body in fragments and the whole figure; the body in performance and sacred ritual; and issues of sexuality and obscenity. From the Willendorf Woman to Degas's Little Dancer, from ancient Greece's celebration of the male nude to living sculptures in the streets of the modern city, from idol to waxwork to doll to death mask, Flynn explores what it means to construct a fictive body in three dimensions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810927162
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Waxworks, Dolls, and Doppelgangers 7
1 Idols, Myths, and Magic: The Body in Antiquity 21
The Mother Goddess 22
Simplicity and Silence: Cycladic Sculpture 24
Xoana: Aniconic Idols 25
Kalos thanatos: The Beautiful Death 28
Artemis, "Lady of the Beasts" 30
Sophrosyne and Self-knowledge 33
Perfection Through Numbers 36
"An inescapable delight for the vision" 37
2 The Body Re-born: The Middle Ages 45
The Body Emerges 47
Mary the Mediator 50
Opening the Body 56
The Body in Perspective 58
Donatello: Ancient into Modern 60
3 The Apotheosis of the Body: Mannerism and Baroque 67
Surface and Structure: The Body Flayed 68
Laocoon: The Body Unearthed 72
Cellini: Eight Views of the Body 74
The Unfolding Narrative 76
Polychromy: The Painter's Hand 78
Mystical Visions: The Body in Ecstasy 83
4 The Sublime Body: The Eighteenth Century 91
Falconet: The Triumph of the Moderns 93
Noble Simplicity: Antiquity Revived 94
Collecting the Past 97
Illumination and Enlightenment 102
Quatremere de Quincy: Polychromy Reassessed 104
Neo-classicism in the United States 105
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 106
Monuments and Men: The Body in Public 109
5 The Body in Colour: The Nineteenth Century 115
"The Warmth of Life": Colour and Controversy 116
Waxworks and Auto-icons 119
Minerva in France 122
The Legacy of Michelangelo 124
The Primitive and the Prurient 125
The New Sculpture: An English Renaissance 127
Crafting the Body: Gilbert, Gerome, Klinger 128
Rodin: The Unity of Fragments 132
6 Abjection and Assemblage: The Body in the Twentieth Century 137
Expanding Horizons 139
Welcome to the Machine 141
Space as a Sculptural Element 145
Dream, Reality: Surreality 146
Surface and Structure 149
Truth in Refuse: The Body Assembled 152
Disturbing Identity: The Abject and the Uncanny 156
Body and Self 158
Conclusion 162
Timeline 164
Bibliography 168
Picture Credits 172
Index 173
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