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The Art of the Body: Antiquity and Its Legacy (Ancients & Moderns)

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The classical human body is perhaps the single most important & wide-ranging legacy bequeathed to the modern world by antiquity. Not only has it directed the evolutionary trajectory of western art; it has also saturated almost every aspect of the contemporary subconscious, as ideal, anti-type & point of departure. This short book represents the first concerted ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press (NYC) (first published January 1st 2011)
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Erik Graff
Feb 22, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: classicists, art historians
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Miller
Shelves: art
The Art of the Body is a study of traditions. Focusing on free-standing sculptural representations, author Squire traces appropriations from archaic to classical Greek forms; from Greece to Rome; from pagan to Christian, to the Renaissance, to the Reformation and through to modern times. The ostensible point of this work is to show how “the ancient art of the body remains with us—whether as ideal, antitype, or point of departure” (p. 27).
This is, admittedly, quite broad, too broad to be called
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Great overview of how influenced we still are by classical art, despite the fact that we often misunderstand it.
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