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E Book History of Beauty Really a star book but since that s not an option This book is misnamed really

E-Book History of Beauty Really a 3 1/2 star book, but since that's not an option...This book is misnamed, really "dictionary of Beauty" would be a closer title, while "Umberto Eco's Musings on Beauty in a loosely chronological order with occasionaly quotes about beauty from other thinkers and a boatload of pictures" would probably hit closest to home. Undoubtedly the publisher shot that title down and stuck History of Beauty in its place. Strengths: Each individual section is fairly informative and interesting to read. There are a lot of useful and interesting art prints, quotes that I likely would never otherwise have encountered, and thoughtful reflections on the various periods and thinkers of artistic history. I will definitely be returning to the needed sections (particularly those on the Middle Ages and the modern world) for review in the future. And if nothing else, it is encouraging to see a major modern thinker engaging aesthetics. That is rare enough to be worthy of attention and time.Weaknesses: This book has two major weaknesses, the first is editing. This is always a fairly irritating one for me, since it means that either the author or the publisher or both (possibly also the translator in this case) got lazy along the way and just didn't do their job well. If I'm going to give money and time to your creative work, you should at least have the decency to care about keeping it coherent. The second is that there's really no overall theme. Which is (spoiler alert- though it's nonfiction so I doubt anyone actually cares) one of the points he makes about Beauty, that it is no consistent through time. People's and cultures' perceptions of Beauty shift and grow and change from year to year, and region to region. Therefore, he argues, there is no (perhaps there cannot even be) any solid and lasting definition of Beauty. Beauty at the end of the day is relative, despite his claim that it is pervasive throughout both our culture and cultures past. Which functionally turns this into a 400 page episode of Seinfeld. Not that it's funny, but that it's a book about nothing. Or at least, nothing that has any transcendent value. If there is no ultimate Beauty, and it's all relative, why should we be bothered to read a book about it? Well, as I said above, it is worth reading. But it would be more worth reading if Eco had articulated his own philosophy of Beauty and then talked about it in the context of aesthetics through history. In his failure to do so, this book is ultimately yet another postmodern disappointment. . History of Beauty is a Ebook Now in paperback, Umberto Eco s groundbreaking and much acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004 What is beauty Umberto Eco, among Italy s finest and most important contemporary thinkers, explores the nature, the meaning, and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture The profound and subtle text isNow in paperback, Umberto Eco s groundbreaking and much acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004 What is beauty Umberto Eco, among Italy s finest and most important contemporary thinkers, explores the nature, the meaning, and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture The profound and subtle text is lavishly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and lengthy quotations from writers and philosophers This is the first paperback edition of History of Beauty, making this intellectual and philosophical journey with one of the world s most acclaimed thinkers available in a compact and affordable format.From the Trade Paperback edition. Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children s books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academia s foremost thinkers.. Popular Book History of Beauty Reading Eco’s study On Beauty feels like visiting a Temple with very many chambers. In each room there are texts. There are also images, many of them too and of good quality and they are all photos of art pieces. During this visit we are accompanied by the talk of a commentator. He comments on the texts only. Not on the images. Each room corresponds to a period in the Quest of Beauty. In this pursuit we can also conceive each space as forming a petal of a different tone and shape, so that by the end of the journey we can see that this Temple has the appearance of a multi-faceted flower. And a beautiful flower it is.In the search for Beauty along Western history many questions have been raised.Where does Beauty originate? Is it in the things? And therefore is it made by man, or is it in Nature and made by god? If a god creates beauty, then what is this god? A concept, like Goodness? Or is it a being? If so, then what was his purpose? Or could man create it not in the things but out of the things? Who is this man (mostly man, sometimes woman) and what is his nature? Are all men capable of creating Beauty? Or is it only some – those who are endowed with a (divine) capacity, and we can call them ‘artists’? And those are the Artists – the beings who can create a (divine) entity – ‘art’? Or is beauty really created by the subject? Is it in front of you or is it in your eye – the shifting eye of the beholder? Can Beauty be measured? Indeed, is it proportion itself? Who measures those proportions? Does it form part of an overall scheme of things, the Harmonic Tutto? Or does it require another quality, such as individuality, and should therefore break the norms and surprise? What is its purpose? To elevate us to a higher, and ethical, or to a sublime realm? And if related to the human, should it be sensual, or smart, or witty? Does it have a gender? Or does it belong to the dominion of a particular gender? To what extent is it relative and needs its own context to shine out.These are many of the questions addressed by Eco as they were formulated by thinkers, and it is his anthology of texts, from Theognis and Plato to critics from the 1950s, going through Plotinus, Suger, Hildegard von Bingen, Dante, Alberti, Gracián, Hume, Kant, Goethe, Diderot, Baudelaire, Foscolo, Burke, Wilde, Pater, Duchamp amongst very many others, that form the backbone of this book. The copious and beautiful images are unconnected illustrations. They are not addressed by Eco nor specifically related to the selected texts. They form a background musing, colouring the excerpts, like in my review. For the book is conceived as an intellectual exercise, an examination of concepts. It is a theoretical flower then, even if the images add a veneer by appealing to a seen and experienced Beauty. Reading the compendium of excerpts, however, is somewhat unsatisfying and one feels that in this Temple one is just looking at the spine of the books stored in those inviting chambers. But they serve as indications for a later trip, without commentator, when one can stay in one of those rooms and think, not contemplate, some of those notions. And as map of the Search of Beauty this book is excellent.
The History of Beauty Jan , nd Century A.D To eliminate freckles and lighten skin, Roman women apply wild melon roots The Greek physician Galen, who also created the first cold cream, notes that ladies dedicated to History of Beauty by Umberto Eco On Beauty is an encyclopedia of images and ideas about beauty History of Beauty by Umberto Eco Umberto Eco is notorious as the Italian professor of semiotics who wrote a bestseller, The Name of the Rose, which sparked off a host of imitators and invigorated interest in the study of medieval art and culture. Beauty A Brief History Of Beauty Allure Dec , In , a British professor named William Buckland discovered a skeleton covered in red ochre and surrounded by ivory jewelry in a cave in Wales Buckland assumed the bones dated to the Roman The History of Beauty Cosmetology School Beauty School Aug , Still, it was only a matter of time before people needed the confidence and good feeling that comes with a beauty regimen In , Mary Kay Ash founded the Mary Kay company, giving the beauty industry its first look at a home to home sales model and the enormous untapped markets in America s smaller towns and cities. The History of Beauty Harvard Business School Working Apr , However, beauty ideals have always varied enormously over time and between societies The book shows that as the modern industry emerged in the th century, it facilitated a worldwide homogenization of beauty ideals Beauty became associated with Western countries, and white people, and with women. BEAUTY THROUGH HISTORY The Washington Post The concept of feminine beauty entered a new era with the the th century Italian Renaissance Botticelli, Leonardo and Raphael painted a procession of marvelously varied Learn What The Word Beautiful Has Meant Throughout History Women s beauty at this time was tied to virtue, and a beautiful woman was thought to be a virtuous one A full figure with a rounded stomach was considered beautiful and linked to motherhood, and Beauty New World Encyclopedia According to traditional Western thought from the antiquity through the Middle Ages, beauty is a constitutive element of the cosmos associated with order, harmony, and mathematics Classical Philosophytreated and conceived beauty alongside truth, goodness, love, being, and the divine. Beauty Standards See How Body Types Change Through History

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  • Umberto Eco Girolamo De Michele Alastair McEwen Post author

    Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children s books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academia s foremost thinkers.

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  • Reading Eco s study On Beauty feels like visiting a Temple with very many chambers In each room there are texts There are also images, many of them too and of good quality and they are all photos of art pieces During this visit we are accompanied by the talk of a commentator He comments on the texts only Not on the images Each room corresponds to a period in the Quest of Beauty In this pursuit we can also conceive each space as forming a petal of a different tone and shape, so that by the end of [...]


  • Really a 3 1 2 star book, but since that s not an optionThis book is misnamed, really dictionary of Beauty would be a closer title, while Umberto Eco s Musings on Beauty in a loosely chronological order with occasionaly quotes about beauty from other thinkers and a boatload of pictures would probably hit closest to home Undoubtedly the publisher shot that title down and stuck History of Beauty in its place Strengths Each individual section is fairly informative and interesting to read There are [...]


  • It is a book that is not based on artistic criteria of beauty, but the beauty marked by time, by the concepts, for what it was and was considered beautiful in every season.I think the author exceeds too much the beautiful setting, in keeping with the beauty.He didn t convinced me.SorryI almost give it upIt was only funny, cross myself with the various interpreters of the history of art But very little, very little.


  • It s not really a book you read cover to cover, and I guess some of the disappointment many people may feel comes from them picking it up and reading it like that It is a dictionary a reference, it should open people s mind up to further investigate and research As someone said the book does reflect his personal opinions and musings, but just by flicking though the book many times I have found myself diving deeper into periods, artists, works of art, techniques etc.


  • Even if I agree with most of the reproaches this book received that it is a guide than a study, that it is a triumph of compression than of clarity, that it is too eclectic and so on I have to say I really enjoyed it.Is this a consequence of my great admiration for Umberto Eco or of my dilettantism in art, I m not sure and I won t dig, so back off Anyway, I think the author completed his objectives, enumerated in Introduction to identify Beauty as a thing pleasing to contemplate independently [...]


  • It s an interesting topic what is beauty It might seem like a trivial question, but think about it esthetics run through everything we do Everything we read, watch, listen to, right down to the houses we live in, the cars we drive, the cans we buy food in are made to correspond to some standard of beauty Where does all that come from What makes us think a Rolls looks better than a Datsun What makes Dickens a better writer than Stephenie Meyer Why did medieaval Christ figures look triumphant and [...]


  • G zellik nedir ne de ildir hakk nda kapsaml bir ara t rma G zelli in Tarihi Fakat i leni den mi yoksa da n k gibi g r nen farkl kronolojisinden mi bilemiyorum bir ak c l k sa layamad bende Yer yer bildi imiz tan mlamalar ve ger eklerle kar la t m Bazen ise bilmedi im ama tahmin etti im baz do rularla Genel olarak ise beklentimin alt nda ama okumaya da de er bir kitapt Tabi kabul etmek gerekir ki bu al man n ok ama ok nemli bir retisi var Ge mi ten g n m ze gelindi inde g zel sanat n nas l bir sa [...]


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  • This book takes a lot of stamina to go through The concept is quite easy each chapter contains a short description of the period in question and its understanding of beauty, accompanied by important artworks and primary literature These chapters are often just 3 5 pages Nevertheless it s hard to read weird layout, at least in the german edition, and hard to understand primary texts without comments and boring at times It doesn t feel like a cohesive book, but rather like lecture notes put togeth [...]



  • Compr La Historia de la Belleza para mi tesis sobre est tica Estudio Filosof a y al momento de hacer una tesis sobre est tica creo que ya tengo algo de informaci n al respecto, por este motivo y s lo por este no recomiendo el libro es decir no lo recomiendo si lo buscas con fines de investigaci n acad micos.Sin embargo, es un excelente libro de refrencia para profundizar con otras investigaciones Es una aproximaci n a la belleza con un lenguaje muy ameno, directo y simple que no complica su lect [...]



  • The book originally was presented as a CD Rom Although I like books, I think the idea of the writer would be better experienced in an interactive webpage or digital media Because a page limits you to what is in it or its neighbours, or a shorter or longer search for a glimpsed idea Hyperlink and search functions really help to compare what is in common and to spot the differences.The book deals with the idea of beauty, and how it has changed through time and cultures, using works of art as the o [...]


  • Absolutely disappointing It s just another collection of selected paragraphs and quotes from historical and philosophical essays concerning Beauty and other aesthetical categories like the Picturesque or the Sublime, with some extra explanations I expected it to be a new essay by Mr Eco himself, but his presence and touch on the subject approached is almost inexistent or unnoticeable Plus, a quite expensive book So, if you re already into History of Art or Philosophy, don t even think about gett [...]


  • I got through this book by pure endurance I built by jogging 2 3 miles a day, 4 times a week Otherwise I wouldn t have made it through Good thing I have mental stamina It s gotten me through a lot of difficult times in my life I loved Umberto s book On Ugliness I gave that five stars, which is the reason I asked for a copy of On Beauty for Christmas, so I could have the set, and forever cherish them both I learned a lot about literature from On Ugliness I believe it was one of the ultimate drivi [...]


  • Dense.I had to simply assign myself to get through the book Though I read the book and made an honest attempt to absorb a goodly amount of the information, I suspect that I missed entire theses in my reading.One reason is that the writing in supported with both images and text Before I began the book I thought it was mostly an art historical history of beauty I didn t realize how great a role writing, especially poetry and philosophy, would play in the theories expressed and discussed in the boo [...]


  • To begin, I have to confess that I am a huge Umberto Eco fan I have enjoyed reading both fiction and non fiction books penned by him My only regret is that I have to read English translations as I am not going to learn Italian at this stage of my life.This book to me is a post modernist history of the concept of beauty I have enjoyed reading cover to cover when I first got it and to this day still enjoy rereading parts of it and pursuing the many illustrations and examples of beauty and art thro [...]




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  • This book clearly shows its origin as an electronic resource casually dealing with aesthetics Not only is it not a study , but it can feel rather fragmented and incoherent throughout Eco and De Michele seem to intend this book to serve as a history of beauty rather than the history , if one exists at all it reads most like the textbook for an introductory survey course in art history aesthetics.I think this book does a decent job at striking the balance between a somewhat in depth, insightful lo [...]


  • History of Beauty is a nice exposition of the History of the concept of beauty The scholarship by Eco is very good and the book has a lot of illustrations and primary sources to back his claims although for the 20th century there is a lack of texts I must just warn that the stirrups didn t reach Europe in the High Middle Ages, but instead was already around in the late 6th and early 7th centuries depending on the region probably due to Avar influence I also don t agree with the assertion by Eco [...]


  • Umberto Eco a voulu viter l cueil du beau livre d art qu on vous offre, on r pond Ooooh, merci , on regarde au mieux une fois les images, puis on le met sur une tag re ou sur la table basse du salon et on le lit jamais Pour d jouer le pi ge, Umberto Eco a r duit le livre au format quasi poche, et en a fait un d veloppement nourri mais resserr autour d un fil rouge comme la vision de la beaut a t elle volu au cours du temps Proportions id ales chez les Antiques, reflet des valeurs morales chez un [...]


  • Basically a tour of the art movements over time Avoiding the big word Art next to history, this book is not really about the history of art It is concerned with beauty You d know better, What is beauty is basically an absurd question to ask I still found it a good read anyways A book to leave around the house to crack open at random places ooh pretty pictures And some interesting lines.Liked the last few chapters the best.Of most interest to me The beauty of machinesThe beauty of the MediaThe be [...]


  • This was a bit of a tough read in that it could be slightly boring at times and also lacked a coherent organization or scheme True, Eco s main point is that there is not necessarily a theme to beauty, but this nonetheless made it a tougher read The included philosophic tidbits were great and well selected, though I felt some added context would have helped overall The images chosen were great, and almost always helped in understanding the ideas being presented Overall, decent, but my biggest pro [...]


  • Although from time to time the writing is a little muddled or the thinking confused, on the whole the short overview sections give a coherent explanation of Eco s understanding of how our thinking about beauty has developed The overviews are embedded within copious images of paintings, scultures, as well as excerpts from treatises and other texts These are wonderful Am borrowing this book from a friend, but would love a copy of my own Would go back to it often.


  • I got this for Christmas ages ago and I think it s wedged into a back bookcase Harper s reposted their review of it though and I might go back The sensible George Santayana observed that beauty begins with sensation what we immediately, and especially what children like immediately, is the best proof of sincerity And when sincerity is lost, and a snobbish ambition is substituted, bad taste comes in.


  • Bellissime immagini, interessanti spiegazioni, alcune note, altre meno Come al solito Eco risulta ai miei occhi di gran lunga un migliore saggista che romanziere, anche se l ultima delle sue fatiche letterarie Tempo Zero non mortale come L isola del giorno prima, anzi.



  • Herhalde hayata bak m de i tirmi on kitap sayacak olsam G zelli in Tarihi bu listede yer al rd Umberto Eco incelemek i in ola an st bir konu se mi Kitab n tek sorunu Eco nun fikirlerini da n k bir ekilde aktarmas Y llard r bu kitab n yeni bir d zenlemeyi hak etti ini d n yorum.


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