Looking Into the Rain

Looking Into the Rain

Author: Barbara Baert

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110760620

Category: Art

Page: 235

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Humankind has a special relationship with rain. The sensory experience of water falling from the heavens evokes feelings ranging from fear to gratitude and has inspired many works of art. Using unique and expertly developed art-historical case studies – from prehistoric cave paintings up to photography and cinema – this book casts new light on a theme that is both ecological and iconological, both natural and cultural-historical. Barbara Baert’s distinctive prose makes Looking Into the Rain. Magic, Moisture, Medium a profound reading experience, particularly at a moment when disruptions of the harmony among humans, animals, and nature affect all of us and the entire planet. Barbara Baert is Professor of Art History at KU Leuven. She teaches in the field of Iconology, Art Theory & Analysis, and Medieval Art. Her work links knowledge and questions from the history of ideas, cultural anthropology and philosophy, and shows great sensitivity to cultural archetypes and their symptoms in the visual arts.

Looking Into the Rain

Looking Into the Rain

Author: Barbara Baert

Publisher: de Gruyter

ISBN: 311072684X

Category:

Page: 224

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Humankind has traditionally had a special relationship with the atmospheric characteristics of their environment, especially when it comes to rain. Using unique and expertly developed cases - from prehistoric cave paintings up to the meaning of rain in photography and cinema - this book casts new light on a theme that is both ecological and iconological, both natural and cultural-historical. Are our current paradigms in the visual studies enough to be able to describe the art and culture surrounding rain in a nuanced way, even to reach Beyond? Considering one does not simply look at the rain, one looks into the rain? Its effect on the audience is contaminating, it seeps through, elusive and dynamic. In the book, important cultural thinkers from both the past as well as the present are invited to carefully consider these questions with the author. Barbara Baert's touching essay reveals the capability of humans to combine imagery and fascination into one. Baert's unique prose makes Looking Beyond the Rain. Magic-Moisture-Medium a profound, bold, and sometimes fervent essay.

The Rain

The Rain

Author: Duane E. Coffill

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595302567

Category: Fiction

Page: 92

View: 494

History of the Rain

History of the Rain

Author: Niall Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408852019

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 306

We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story... Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil – via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain. The stories – of her golden twin brother Aeney, their closeness even as he slips away; of their dogged pursuit of the Swains' Impossible Standard and forever falling just short; of the wild, rain-sodden history of fourteen acres of the worst farming land in Ireland – pour forth in Ruthie's still, small, strong, hopeful voice. A celebration of books, love and the healing power of the imagination, this is an exquisite, funny, moving novel in which every sentence sings.

Under the Rain Tree

Under the Rain Tree

Author: Vatsala Balachandran Warrier

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 9788122309812

Category: Short stories, Indic (English)

Page: 175

View: 575

The stories in this collection span continents, traverse time and enter the realms of fantasy. But they are rooted in this world, which sustains us all. These are tales of men and women caught in the play of time and the dilemmas of life. They make moves and countermoves to emerge stronger and wiser. From the promise of young love to the fulfilment of more enduring relationships, the women in these stories seek love in all its myriad forms. the men in these narratives include one who seeks solace in alcohol, another in his work; a young soldier freed of his past, a sportsman welcoming his future, and another seeking his roots.Human perplexities are endless, its enigmas are complex and multiple. All these protagonists, on voyage to self-discovery, find their own solutions. And, in the end, they discover that happiness is webbed into our lives like the roots of a tree. It lies within. We only have to listen.

After The Rain

After The Rain

Author: Thomas Christopher Greene

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448108664

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 161

They were brothers and they knew each other better than they had ever known anybody, and when you are like this you can sit in silence and not speak and it is the most comfortable thing in the world. But fate can fracture even the strongest of friendships. In the lush green countryside of Vermont, Charlie has built a life for himself. He is happy enough running the small family restaurant and his only regret is the absence of his brother, Owen. Once close, Owen and Charlie have not seen each other for many years - the ties of brotherhood torn apart by their father's legacy - and a trail of postcards is all that is left. Charlie's is a solitary existence until he hires Claire to assist him in the restaurant and suddenly life feels complete. In Claire, Charlie feels he has found his reason for living. But when Owen returns it seems that the past is destined to threaten both brothers' future...

The Rain-Soaked Bride

The Rain-Soaked Bride

Author: Guy Adams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473583887

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 105

HOW DO YOU STOP AN ASSASSIN THAT CAN’T BE KILLED? Toby Greene is part of The Clown Service, a mostly forgotten branch of British Intelligence tasked with fighting paranormal threats. However, the Rain-Soaked Bride is no ordinary assassin. Relentless, inexorable and part of a larger game, merely stopping this impossible killer may notbe enough to save the day... ‘The Clown Service is fun and rips along like thefinest episode of the old Avengers series’ The Independenton Sunday

In From the Rain

In From the Rain

Author: William Efford

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462049346

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

View: 893

Devastated after the drowning death of his wife, Suzanne, fifty-year-old Howard Munro resigns his tenure as head of the English department at St. Martin’s College in Toledo, Ohio. Hoping to make a fresh start in his life and with a new job waiting for him in southern California, he strikes out for San Diego in his motor home. En route, he picks up a rain-soaked hitchhiker, Miriam Kovacs, a down-on-her-luck unemployed waitress thumbing her way west. Culturally and socially the two travelers are a study in opposites: the successful, well-educated, and pro-life Munro; and Kovacs, a marginalized high school dropout with a long history of menial jobs and failed relationships—a woman intent on terminating her unwanted pregnancy. Yet despite the differences that divide them, their journey across America will unite them in an unexpected meeting of hearts and minds. The woman provides Munro with the first female companionship since the passing of his wife. The professor gives Kovacs—an unsophisticated woman who has rarely ventured beyond her Philadelphia home—her first glimpse of new horizons and new values. In the process, both people will be changed forever.

The Rain Sparrow

The Rain Sparrow

Author: Linda Goodnight

Publisher: HQN Books

ISBN: 9781488010231

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 602

A stranger's arrival in a small Southern town stirs up old secrets and new dreams in this beautiful story full of hope and haunting mystery, and with the power to win your heart Renowned yet private, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. As he is deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a family remain unsatisfied, and he can trust no one with his secrets. He's determined to outrun his personal demons, but the charming old Peach Orchard Inn and a woman whose presence is as gentle as a sparrow's song stops him in his tracks. Carrie Riley is afraid of everything from flying to thunderstorms, and pretty much of life itself. But meeting the enigmatic writer staying at the inn emboldens her to learn everything about him. When they discover a vulnerable boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is compelled to help Carrie protect him. Soon they're led to a centuries-old mystery that haunts Hayden's sleep, and his only safe haven is Carrie. As the secrets of the past and present cause their lives to become entwined, all that's left to come to light is love—if the grim truth doesn't tear them apart first.