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On Beauty

On Beauty

Sumptuously illustrated and fascinatingly written – a vast store of wisdom about the nature of beauty itself.

On Beauty is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics, but Umberto Eco draws on both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed us from the classical world to modern times. In terms of form and style, On Beauty has been conceived for a vast and diverse readership. 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.

“Eco is one of the most influential thinkers of our time” Los Angeles Times

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. On Beauty is illustrated in full colour throughout and produced to the highest standards.

Translated from Italian by Alastair McEwen
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Genre: Humanities / Philosophy / Philosophy: Aesthetics

On Sale: 30th September 2010

Price: £30

ISBN-13: 9780857050205

Reviews

'Over more than 400 pages Eco displays his polymathic qualities, ranging over diverse subjects to produce a comprehensive definition of beauty. Utilising examples of literature, sculpture, painting, photography and film among other areas, Eco asks what beauty is and why it matters so much. The volume is lavishly produced... with exquisite images' Fatchna Kelly and Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post.
Sunday Business Post
Passionately argued and deeply engaged . . . Eco's writing has a unique ability to dance on the page and to resonate in the mind.
Daily Telegraph
For the sheer depth and clarity of his learning and wisdom, Eco has no living rival
Harpers & Queen
Eco is one of the most influential thinkers of our time
Los Angeles Times