Railways and Culture in Britain

Railways and Culture in Britain

Author: Ian Carter

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719059666

Category: History

Page: 362

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The 19th-century steam railway epitomized modernity's relentlessly onrushing advance. Ian Carter delves into the cultural impact of the train. Why, for example, did Britain possess no great railway novel? He compares fiction and images by canonical British figures (Turner, Dickens, Arnold Bennett) with selected French and Russian competitors: Tolstoy, Zola, Monet, Manet. He argues that while high cultural work on the British steam railway is thin, British popular culture did not ignore it. Detailed discussions of comic fiction, crime fiction, and cartoons reveal a popular fascination with railways tumbling from vast (and hitherto unexplored) stores of critically overlooked genres.

Angel in the Sun

Angel in the Sun

Author: Gerald Finley

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773567313

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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Turner was deeply affected by the world in which he lived, the sciences that explained it, and the conflicts and accomplishments of his society. He wove these strands into the dense fabric of the historical pictures he created, pictures that were extremely varied, complex, original, and controversial. In Angel in the Sun Gerald Finley untangles the various thematic strands running through Turner's art, including the intersection of private and public histories, classical and biblical history and contemporary events, and science and religion, and shows how Turner's use of light and colour played an important role in conveying these ideas. Angel in the Sun includes over 130 illustrations in colour and black and white that reveal Turner's remarkable achievement as a painter of historical subjects. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the book will appeal not only to art historians and landscape theorists but also to historians of science and literature.

The Annotated Mona Lisa

The Annotated Mona Lisa

Author: Carol Strickland

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740768727

Category: Art

Page: 220

View: 840

Presents the history of art from prehistoric times to the present day, describes major artists and movements, and details the influence of art on society through the ages.

Academies, Museums, and Canons of Art

Academies, Museums, and Canons of Art

Author: Gillian Perry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300077432

Category: Art

Page: 278

View: 286

"This is the first of six books in the series Art and its Histories, which form the main texts of an Open University second-level course of the same name"--Preface.

Nature as Landscape

Nature as Landscape

Author: Kraft Eberhard Von Maltzahn

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773512330

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

View: 111

A new way of looking at the relationship between man and nature is necessary as conventional approaches to nature conservation are failing. Maltzahn shows alternative ways of understanding drawing on evidence from philosophy and the history of science (phenomenology, visual thinking, Gestalt psychology)

The Artistic Foundations of Nations and Citizens

The Artistic Foundations of Nations and Citizens

Author: Ann Ward

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000452501

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 128

This book examines politics through the lens of art and literature. Through discussion on great works of visual art, literature, and cultural representations of political thought in the medieval, early modern, and American eras, it explores the relevance of the nation-state to human freedom and flourishing, as well as the concept of citizenship and statesmanship that it implies, in contrast to that of the ‘global community’. The essays in this volume focus on shifting notions of various core political concepts like citizenship, republicanism, and nationalism from antiquity to the present-day to provide a systematic understanding of their evolving histories through Western Art and literature. It highlights works such as the Bayeux Tapestry, Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry VI, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twain’s Joan of Arc and Hermann’s Nichts als Gespenster, among several other canonical works of political interest. Further, it questions if we should now look beyond the nation-state to some form of tans-national, global community to pursue the human freedom desired by progressives, or look at smaller forms of community resembling the polis to pursue the friendship and nobility valued by the ancients. The volume will be invaluable to students and teachers of political science, especially political theory and philosophy, visual arts, and world literature.

Looking Into the Rain

Looking Into the Rain

Author: Barbara Baert

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110760620

Category: Art

Page: 235

View: 308

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.

Turner

Turner

Author: Michael Bockemühl

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 3822863254

Category: Art

Page: 116

View: 550

William Turner (1775-1851) was simultaneously a romantic and a realist--and yet he transcended both styles. This book opens up Turner's paintings, demonstrating that he was not simply illustrating nature, but that his pictures speak directly to the eye as nature does itself.

30-Second Great Art

30-Second Great Art

Author: Lee Beard

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781782405528

Category: Art

Page: 163

View: 122

The great painting and sculpture of the past is the indispensable backbone of most people's visual library, but wrangling centuries of wonderful works by thousands of artists into a digestible form that allows you to focus on their detail and direction can be tough. Enter 30-Second Great Art. It takes readers on an engrossing tour of 50 top-flight works by artists from Giotto to Marlene Dumas, including a full-page reproduction of each one, accompanied by text that puts it in the context of the world in which it was created, and adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of the history of art. Along the way, special spreads will offer insights into the collectors and critics of the past, as well as its creators, and a glossary for each chapter will explain specialist terms. Succinct, lively descriptions make for speedy and enjoyable reading; it's like taking a trip round the world's greatest art gallery.