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History of Beauty by Umberto Eco

History of Beauty (edition 2004)

by Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translator)

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"This volume, with supplements and adaptations, derives from the CD-rom Bellezza, storia di un'idea dell'occident, edited by Umberto Eco, produced by Motta On Line in 2002"--T.p. verso.
Title:History of Beauty
Authors:Umberto Eco
Other authors:Alastair McEwen (Translator)
Info:Rizzoli International Publications (2004), Hardcover, 438 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:history, art, body, essays, beauty, rizzoli, bedroom library

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History of Beauty by Umberto Eco


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A collection of images and literary extracts about beauty and beautiful things. This is the kind of book to dip into now and again to see how different times and cultures have approached the idea of beauty. But just one word of caution: be aware that it's quite expensive and fundamentally a pretty coffee-table book - this is a selection of snippets which has been put together by Eco, not written by him. ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Dec 8, 2017 |
Pictorially speaking this is a beautiful book. There are so many images to illustrate "Beauty" that it almost looks like an art book. Then you start reading and everything you thought you'd read about the history of beauty if forgotten and suddenly you have an art book in your hands with concepts of beauty in different artistic styles. The book is not what I thought. I expected contextualization of the theme... but it never got there. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Texto que trata acerca de las diversas ideas de belleza que se han propuesto o discutido desde los tiempos de la Grecia Clásica. Como se concibe el concepto de belleza.
  Aliciahelena | Apr 23, 2015 |
A História da Beleza de Umberto Eco não trata da beleza apenas nas pinturas explicada em textos curtos e fáceis, como foi propagandeado. Ele trata enciclopedicamente da beleza em várias formas, auxiliado por citações.
É um ótimo livro para ler do início ao fim, de forma a melhor entender a evolução dos conceitos de beleza, mas também é um bom livro para ler aos poucos e focar nos conceitos de cada época, e também um bom livro de referência, ou seja, um bom livro para reler várias vezes. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is a beautiful book that I thought I woould just quickly browse through. But as I began to read it more intently, I relished not only the descriptions that Eco adjoins to the various eras of Western art he covers, but also the numerous quotations from various authors, philosphers, and artist themselves as to the import of various topics Eco unfolds. It's intriguing to read the contents of such chaper headings as "architectonic proportion," "conformity with purpose," "ugliness as a requirement for beauty," "heroes, bodies, and ruins," and so forth. Eco gives a little short shrift to the modern era, otherwsie this is a marvelous book. ( )
  vpfluke | Nov 29, 2011 |
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