An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body
I came to read this book by chance: an illness had rendered me incapable of completing an assignment that was meant to be on Ferdinand de Saussure, so my lecturer reassigned me to Hans Belting's 'Anthropology of Images' instead. As a young, burgeoning nineteen year old who was just beginning to explore and understand the Art Theory field beyond the boundaries of first year university classes, 'Bild-Anthropologie' helped shape my fundamental understanding of and interests within the field.
He was born in Andernach, Germany, and studied at the universities of Mainz and Rome, and took his doctorate in art history at the University of Mainz. Subsequently he has held a fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), Washington, D.C.