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Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover): Hans Belting

Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover)

Hans Belting; Translated by Thomas S. Hansen, Abby J. Hansen

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A cultural history of the face in Western art, ranging from portraiture in painting and photography to film, theater, and mass media This fascinating book presents the first cultural history and anthropology of the face across centuries, continents, and media. Ranging from funerary masks and masks in drama to the figural work of contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman and Nam June Paik, renowned art historian Hans Belting emphasizes that while the face plays a critical role in human communication, it defies attempts at visual representation. Belting divides his book into three parts: faces as masks of the self, portraiture as a constantly evolving mask in Western culture, and the fate of the face in the age of mass media. Referencing a vast array of sources, Belting's insights draw on art history, philosophy, theories of visual culture, and cognitive science. He demonstrates that Western efforts to portray the face have repeatedly failed, even with the developments of new media such as photography and film, which promise ever-greater degrees of verisimilitude. In spite of sitting at the heart of human expression, the face resists possession, and creative endeavors to capture it inevitably result in masks--hollow signifiers of the humanity they're meant to embody. From creations by Van Eyck and August Sander to works by Francis Bacon, Ingmar Bergman, and Chuck Close, Face and Mask takes a remarkable look at how, through the centuries, the physical visage has inspired and evaded artistic interpretation.


Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2017
First published: 2017
Authors: Hans Belting
Translators: Thomas S. Hansen • Abby J. Hansen
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16235-5
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > The arts: general issues > Theory of art
Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > Art styles not limited by date > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Aesthetics
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Human biology & related topics > Biological anthropology > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Aesthetics
LSN: 0-691-16235-2
Barcode: 9780691162355

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