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|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
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How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization Reviews
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard’s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially with regard to the Ajanta Cave drawings in India, which force viewers to actively interpret their complexity, searching for truth and faith in the darkness. Even more thought-provoking is the Islamic use of calligraphy, ...more
Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books
How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the most powerful force in the known universe. It can literally impact the physical world as humans create visions based upon their experiences and perceptions and imaginings, and Beard takes her reader through the centur ...more
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.
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.
Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book.
Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class.