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BINDING THE ABSENT BODY IN MEDIEVAL AND MODERN ART: ABJECT, VIRTUAL AND ALTERNATE BODIES. Ed. by Emily Kelley and Elizabeth Richards Rivenbark. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. Copyright 2017. An Ashgate Book. 212 pp. with 35 ills. 26 x 18 cm. LC 2016-15663 ISBN 9781472459367 In English.
Publisher's description: The absent body is represented in two distinct periods of art: medieval art using the absent body for religious reflection and contemporary art using the absent body from a secular perspective. Early examples of the absent body revolve around sacred images, especially Christian imagery representing bodily fragments or excretions. These images are abundant in the Middle Ages but trail off in the Renaissance when idealism and harmony of proportion overtake the visual realm. Artists of the Renaissance and those in subsequent art historical periods used the body to represent their own codes of ethics and aesthetics and so the human form maintained representation until more contemporary eras. It is in the modern world that artists have finally lost faith in the idealism of humanity (that mankind inherently strives for good) and have disregarded the human form altogether in their art, often preferring the absent body and the abject body as their subject.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 174641
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