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An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body

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Proposes an anthropological theory for interpreting human picture making. This title looks at the relationship between image and death, tracing picture production, including the first use of the mask, to early funerary rituals in which pictures served to represent the missing bodies of the dead.
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published August 28th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published 2001)
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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.


Hans Belting is undoubtedly one of the greatest living Art Historians, this book (now also in Italian Edition) is a further demonstration of his brilliant mind and great culture.
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Hans Belting is a German art historian and theorist of medieval and Renaissance art, as well as contemporary art and image theory.

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.
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