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Beauty And Art

Author: PRETTEJOHN ELIZ
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Pub Date: 05/05/2005
ISBN: 9780192801609
Availability: In stock
Quick overview What do we mean when we call a work of art beautiful? How do perceptions of beauty change with the passage of time? This title explores these questions, showing the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art. It charts the story of western art, from eighteenth-century Germany to the late 20th century.
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What do we mean when we call a work of art 'beautiful'? How have artists responded to changing notions of the beautiful? Which works of art have been called beautiful, and why? Fundamental and intriguing questions to artists and art lovers, but ones that are all too often ignored in discussions of art today. Prettejohn argues that we simply cannot afford to ignore these questions. Charting over two hundred years of western art, she illuminates the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art, from the works of Kauffman to Whistler, Ingres to Rossetti, Cezanne to Jackson Pollock, and concludes with a challenging question for the future: why should we care about beauty in the twenty-first century?

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