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The Tree: Meaning and Myth

Frances Carey

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ISBN 10: 184822124X / ISBN 13: 9781848221246
Published by U.S.A.: Lund Humphries Pub Ltd, 2012
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Title: The Tree: Meaning and Myth

Publisher: U.S.A.: Lund Humphries Pub Ltd

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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This is a beautifully illustrated book celebrating the significance of trees throughout history and across the globe, looking at their place in nature, fiction, belief and art. Trees - actual, mythical and metaphorical - are at the heart of mankind's relationship with the natural and supernatural world, a relationship that serves as a powerful index of both ecological and spiritual well-being. The Tree: Meaning and Myth is beautifully illustrated with an incredible range of art and artefacts offering a wide-ranging cross-cultural approach to the subject. We encounter the Egyptian tree goddess Hathor dispensing sustenance in the afterlife; the mighty oak sacred to Zeus; Adam and Eve alongside the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the Buddha under the bodhi tree of enlightenment; Rembrandt's celebrated etching The Three Trees; and trees in modern art. Profiles of twenty-five trees arranged alphabetically are complemented by a wonderfully diverse selection of images. A sample of the trees featured include Baobab, Birch, Eucalyptus, Olive, Poplar, Oak, and Cocoa. 200 colour illustrations showcase an incredible range of art and artefacts, from Egyptian wall paintings, to ancient Greek vases and jewellery, Indian temple sculptures, Japanese woodcuts, Indonesian shadow puppets, British watercolours and a twenty-first-century tree of life from Mozambique.

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Frances Carey is Senior Consultant for Public Engagement at the British Museum. She was Head of National Programmes and Deputy Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. She is the author and co-author of numerous books including The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come, Modern Scandinavian Prints, German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe, Collecting the 20th Century, Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960 and The Print in Germany 1880-1933.

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