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How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to How Do We Look and The Eye of Faith, the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art. Focusing in Part I on the Olmec heads of early Mesoamerica, the colossal statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, and the nudes of classical Greece, Beard explores the power, hierarchy, and gender politics of the art of the ancient world, and explains how it came to define the so-called civilized world. In Part II, Beard chronicles some of the most breathtaking religious imagery ever madewhether at Angkor Wat, Ravenna, Venice, or in the art of Jewish and Islamic calligraphers to show how all religions, ancient and modern, have faced irreconcilable problems in trying to picture the divine. With this classic volume, Beard redefines the Western-and male-centric legacies of Ernst Gombrich and Kenneth Clark....

Title : How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization
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ISBN : 9781631494406
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages
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How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization Reviews

  • Patricia

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history.

  • Rachel

    I read it. It happened.

  • Jacqueline

    Much more approachable than I expected. I enjoyed the information, but I’m not sure I came away with any particularly profound new ideas. She did raise some good questions that I think will stick with me.

  • Crystal

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking.

  • Phil

    Sumptuously produced, it was an easy read in one sitting on a rainy afternoon.

    Mary Beard is a classicist of the highest order, yet this book was, for me, a prime example of overreaching. Her credentials as an art historian or critic are clearly lacking. Her statements are often pedestrian, and her ignorance of religion and art beyond Christianity and Judaism shallow.

  • Lily Green

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class.

  • Edgar

    tl;dr: This is an informative, brief read that gives us some insights into art and the relationship we have had with it over time.

    I was a little surprised to see Olmec art in the book as it is typically the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans that get the burn in most books, but each of the art selections underscores a point Beard likes to make in each chapter. In this book, we are treated to writing on a number of notables artworks.

    The Olmec heads get to kickstart the book. As we know very little about t

  • Thomas

    You look fine Mary. Why do you ask?

    Oh, How Do We Look is the title of the book. Sorry, at first glance it looked like Mary Beard was the title.

    By the way, are you the same Mary Beard who presents episodes of Timeline - World History Documentaries? You are! I just finished Caligula With Mary Beard on Youtube. Love your work. Really enjoy your wit and knowledge. OK. I'll take this book home with me and see how I like it.

    So I did and I quite enjoyed the read. Mary Beard single-handedly pulled my no