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Author Mansfield, Elizabeth, 1965- author.

Title Too beautiful to picture : Zeuxis, myth, and mimesis / Elizabeth C. Mansfield
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 232 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. Myth and Mimesis in western art history -- Art history as myth -- The Zeuxis myth -- Myth and Mimesis in the Renaissance -- Part II. Painting (like) Zeuxis -- Zeuxis in the academy -- Women artists and the Zeuxis myth -- Painting in the philosophical brothel -- Zeuxis in the operating room: Orlan's carnal art -- Conclusion: Zeuxis selecting models and the cultural unconscious
Summary Few tales of artistic triumph can rival the story of Zeuxis. As first reported by Cicero and Pliny, the painter Zeuxis set out to portray Helen of Troy, but when he realized that a single model could not match Helen's beauty, he combined the best features of five different models. A primer on mimesis in art making, the Zeuxis myth also illustrates ambivalence about the ability to rely on nature as a model for ideal form
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-211) and index
Notes English
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Subject Zeuxis, active 5th century B.C.
SUBJECT Zeuxis, active 5th century B.C. fast
Subject Art and mythology.
Mimesis in art.
Narrative art.
ART -- General.
ART -- Criticism & Theory.
Art and mythology
Mimesis in art
Narrative art
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780816698165