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Author Manguel, Alberto.

Title Reading pictures : a history of love and hate / Alberto Manguel
Edition First edition
Published New York : Random House, [2000]


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Description xi, 337 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents The common viewer : the image as story -- Joan Mitchell : the image as absence -- Robert Campin : the image as riddle -- Tina Modotti : the image as witness -- Lavinia Fontana : the image as understanding -- Marianna Gartner : the image as nightmare -- Philoxenus : the image as reflection -- Pablo Picasso : the image as violence -- Aleijadinho : the image as subversion -- C.-N. Ledoux : the image as philosophy -- Peter Eisenman : the image as memory -- Caravaggio : the image as theatre
Summary This book looks at the work of great artists--from the intensely familiar to the undiscovered--and examines the stories behind them, tracing the passage of life into art. For example, Pablo Picasso torments his mistress Dora Maar and then paints brilliant studies of her grief-crumpled face; these evolve into the weeping woman in his great indictment of fascism, Guernica. The author untangles what this story, and countless others, shows us of our twin impulses toward creation and destruction
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Visual perception.
Narrative art -- Psychological aspects.
Art appreciation.
LC no. 2001019428
ISBN 0375503021 alkaline paper