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The Resource Face and mask : a double history, Hans Belting ; translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen

Face and mask : a double history, Hans Belting ; translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen

Label
Face and mask : a double history
Title
Face and mask
Title remainder
a double history
Statement of responsibility
Hans Belting ; translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
This fascinating book presents the first cultural history and anthropology of the face across centuries, continents, and media. Ranging from funerary masks and masks in drama to the figural work of contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman and Nam June Paik, renowned art historian Hans Belting emphasizes that while the face plays a critical role in human communication, it defies attempts at visual representation. Belting divides his book into three parts: faces as masks of the self, portraiture as a constantly evolving mask in Western culture, and the fate of the face in the age of mass media. Referencing a vast array of sources, Belting's insights draw on art history, philosophy, theories of visual culture, and cognitive science. He demonstrates that Western efforts to portray the face have repeatedly failed, even with the developments of new media such as photography and film, which promise ever-greater degrees of verisimilitude. In spite of sitting at the heart of human expression, the face resists possession, and creative endeavors to capture it inevitably result in masks--hollow signifiers of the humanity they're meant to embody. From creations by Van Eyck and August Sander to works by Francis Bacon, Ingmar Bergman, and Chuck Close, "Face and Mask" takes a remarkable look at how, through the centuries, the physical visage has inspired and evaded artistic interpretation
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Belting, Hans
Dewey number
704.9/42
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N7573.3
LC item number
.B45813 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hansen, Thomas S.
  • Hansen, Abby J.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Face in art
  • Face
  • Masks
  • Facial expression
  • Facial expression in art
  • Face
  • Masks
  • Face
  • Face in art
  • Face
  • Facial expression
  • Facial expression in art
  • Masks
  • Masks
  • Gesicht
  • Maske
  • Bildnis
  • Künste
Label
Face and mask : a double history, Hans Belting ; translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Translated from the German
  • "First published in Germany under the title Faces: Eine Geschichte des Gesichts."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Face and Mask: Changing Views -- Portrait and Mask: the Face as Representation -- Media and Masks: the Production of Faces
Control code
950901789
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9780691162355
Lccn
2016021495
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)950901789
Label
Face and mask : a double history, Hans Belting ; translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen
Publication
Note
  • Translated from the German
  • "First published in Germany under the title Faces: Eine Geschichte des Gesichts."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Face and Mask: Changing Views -- Portrait and Mask: the Face as Representation -- Media and Masks: the Production of Faces
Control code
950901789
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9780691162355
Lccn
2016021495
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)950901789

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