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On Beauty: A History of a Western Idea

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Oxfam Shop Walthamstow 'On Beauty' is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics but Umberto Eco draws on the histories of both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed sensibilities from the classical world to modern times. Packed with examples from painting, sculpture, architecture, film, photography, the decorative arts and literature, it offers a rich and intelligent panorama of this huge subject. In On Beauty Eco is at his most captivating and eclectic: we read not only of Botticelli and Michelangelo but of how much the fashion of the 1960s owes to ancient Egyptian dress, and how ancient Roman and eighteenth-century hairstyles have much in common. It makes the familiar new, and sheds a brilliant light on the unfamiliar. 2010 UK edition in good condition: signs of wear on the covers, particularly top edge of the spine; no creased pages/covers/spine. previous owner's name dated April 2011 in black ink on the 1st page. Weight: 800 grams See Oxfam website for delivery information

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