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Glittering Images: A journey through art from Egypt to Star Wars

Paglia, Camille

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ISBN 10: 0375424601 / ISBN 13: 9780375424601
Published by Pantheon, Pantheon, New York, 2012
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Large octavo in blue boards and blue and b&w jacket; 202 pp.; color illustrations ; 25 cm. Fine copy in near fine jacket with very light edgewear and shelfwear; o/w clean jacket; clean board; clean, crisp, bright, crease-free pages; inscribed by author on title page. In English. || Contents: Resurrection : Queen Nefertari -- Mystic vision : idols of the Cyclades -- The race : charioteer of Delphi -- Roof of air : Porch of the maidens -- God's snare : Laocoön -- Sky of gold : Saint John Chrysostom -- Living letters : the Book of Kells -- Solitary watcher : Donatello, Mary Magdalene -- Island of love : Titian, Venus with a mirror -- Lord of the sea : Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune -- Blaze of glory : Gian Lorenzo Bernini, chair of Saint Peter -- Satin knights : Anthony Van Dyck, Lord John Stuart and his brother, Lord Bernard Stuart -- Swirling line : the French Rococo -- Martyr of the revolution : Jacques-Louis David, The death of Marat -- Arctic ruin : Caspar David Friedrich, The sea of ice -- City in motion : Édouard Manet, At the café -- Melting color : Claude Monet, Irises -- Heaven and hell : Pablo Picasso, Les demoiselles d'Avignon -- Heart of stone : George Grosz, Life makes you happy! -- Dance of the mind : Tamara de Lempicka, Portrait of Doctor Boucard -- Luncheon in the twilight zone : René Magritte, The portrait -- Romance of the grid : Piet Mondrian, Composition with red, blue, and yellow -- Elegance at ease : John Wesley Hardrick, Xenia Goodloe -- Shooting stars : Jackson Pollock, Green silver -- Sun and rain : Andy Warhol, Marilyn diptych -- On the road : Eleanor Antin, 100 boots -- Electric : Walter De Maria, The lightning field -- Blue dawn : Renée Cox, Chillin' with liberty -- Red river : George Lucas, Revenge of the Sith.Standard No: ISBN: 9780375424601 ((hardback)); 0375424601 ((hardback)) LCCN: 2012-5220Abstract: An enthralling journey through Western art's defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas's volcano planet duel in "Revenge of the Sith.". Bookseller Inventory # 86283

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Title: Glittering Images: A journey through art ...

Publisher: Pantheon, Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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WIth full-color illustrations throughout

From the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western art’s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas’s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.

America’s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Paglia’s trademark audacity, Glittering Images takes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknown—paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical context—from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollock’s abstract Green Silver to Renée Cox’s daring performance piece Chillin’ with Liberty. And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the world’s greatest living artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit, Glittering Images is destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.

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Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps. She has also written The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock.

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