The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response

The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response

by David Freedberg
     
 

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"This learned and heavy volume should be placed on the shelves of every art historical library."--E. H. Gombrich, New York Review of Books

"This is an engaged and passionate work by a writer with powerful convictions about art, images, aesthetics, the art establishment, and especially the discipline of art history. It is animated by an extraordinary

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"This learned and heavy volume should be placed on the shelves of every art historical library."--E. H. Gombrich, New York Review of Books

"This is an engaged and passionate work by a writer with powerful convictions about art, images, aesthetics, the art establishment, and especially the discipline of art history. It is animated by an extraordinary erudition."--Arthur C. Danto, The Art Bulletin

"Freedberg's ethnographic and historical range is simply stunning. . . . The Power of Images is an extraordinary critical achievement, exhilarating in its polemic against aesthetic orthodoxy, endlessly fascinating in its details. . . . This is a powerful, disturbing book."--T. J. Jackson, Wilson Quarterly

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Analyzing images and aesthetic treatises, Freedberg (art history, Columbia) sets out historical and anthropological evidence for human responses, ranging from religious to sexual ones, that recur through the centuries. He gives particular attention to the increasing association of art and religious behavior in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. B&W illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226261461
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Edition description:
1
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
676,269
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.30(d)

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