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Author Janik, Liliana, author.

Title The archaeology of seeing : science and interpretation, the past and the contemporary visual art / Liliana Janik ; illustrated by Adam Szczęsny
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages)
Contents How contemporary is prehistoric art? -- The origins of art -- The gallery : unveiling visual narrative -- Power of display : the artist and the object -- Embodiment and disembodiment : the corporality of visual art and the interwoven landscapes -- Portrature and the reverence of the other -- Conclusions
Summary "The Archaeology of Seeing provides readers with a new and provocative understanding of material culture through exploring visual narratives captured in cave and rock art, sculpture, paintings, and more. The engaging argument draws on current thinking in archaeology on how we can interpret the behaviour of people in the past through their use of material culture, and how this affects our understanding of how we create and see art in the present. Exploring themes of gender, identity and story-telling in visual material culture, this book forces a radical reassessment of how the ability to see makes us and our ancestors human; as such, it will interest lovers of both art and archaeology. Illustrated with examples from around the world, from the earliest art from hundreds of thousands of years ago, to the contemporary art scene, including street art and advertising, Janik cogently argues that the human capacity for art, which we share with our most ancient ancestors and cousins, is rooted in our common neurophysiology. The ways in which our brains allow us to see is a common heritage that shapes the creative process; what changes, according to time and place, are the cultural contexts in which art is produced and consumed. The book argues for an innovative understanding of art through the interplay between the way the human brain works and the culturally specific creation and interpretation of meaning, making an important contribution to the debate on art/archaeology"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Liliana Janik is Assistant Directorof Research,Deputy Director atthe Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, and Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge. She leads research projects in Japan and Russia. She specialises in prehistoric art: rock art, sculpture, and neuroaesthetic approaches to art, as well as heritage of the landscape
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 19, 2020)
Subject Archaeology and art.
Art and society.
Art -- Psychology.
ART / History / Ancient & Classical
Archaeology and art.
Art and society.
Art -- Psychology.
Form Electronic book
Author Szczęsny, Adam, illustrator.
LC no. 2019034773
ISBN 0429343337