Buy Books Online > The arts: general issues > Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude
Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude: Book by Nigel Spivey

Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude

Product Details:    Share this by email:

ISBN: 9780520230224    Publisher: University of California Press Year of publishing: 2001     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 272        Language: English
Nigel Spivey takes on one of the greatest taboos in Western culture in this brilliantly original work of cultural history: why is so much pain depicted in the art of the West? Beginning with a meditation...Read more
Nigel Spivey takes on one of the greatest taboos in Western culture in this brilliantly original work of cultural history: why is so much pain depicted in the art of the West? Beginning with a meditation on Auschwitz, the prizewinning author then takes us on a journey that encompasses the stone-bound screams of classical sculpture, the many depictions of the Crucifixion, the Massacre of the Innocents and St. Sebastians pierced with arrows, self-portraits of the aging Rembrandt, and the tortured art of Vincent van Gogh. Exploring the tender, complex rapport between art and pain, Spivey guides us through the twentieth-century photographs of casualties of war, Edvard Munch's The Scream, and back to the recorded horrors of the Holocaust. Beauty and disfigurement, violence and thrill, horror and comfort--these are pairings fostered throughout Western art, for causes as various as religious martyrdom, judicial torment, artistic virtuosity, and erotic gratification. The ancient Greeks invented tragic drama: but how far was pity for tragedy's victims tempered by the notion of just deserts?
The first Christians preached Christ Crucified: why then did it take some five hundred years before images appeared of Christ on the cross? The Massacre of the Innocents was an event that never happened: for what reasons were artists of the Italian Renaissance so eager to show it convincingly? Enduring Creation reveals the amazing power of art to console, to warn, to prepare the viewer for the harsher experiences of life, raising intriguing questions: Can pain be beautiful? Do we always pity suffering? Are sainthood and sadomasochism linked? This compelling study concludes with a positive message of hope for the enduring human spirit.
Read less
About the author: Nigel Spivey
Nigel Spivey is Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His publications include the prizewinning Understanding Greek Sculpture... Read more
Nigel Spivey is Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His publications include the prizewinning Understanding Greek Sculpture (1996).
Read less
Review:
There's much to provoke and think about in "Enduring Creation, which is written in a lively and accessible style."--"Artnews

Other books by Nigel Spivey

Recommended Books for you - See all

Price: Rs. 3247   Rs.2922
You save: Rs.325
Vendor : Booyah Chicago (Books), Delhi
BUY NOW

FREE SHIPPING | Delivered in 21 working days

(Cash on delivery not available)

Imported Edition

Be assured. 7 days Return & Refund Policy.
Click here

Rs.200 OFF

on purchase of Rs.500 & above

1.Click on Add to Cart & Proceed to Checkout
2.Under payment options, choose
"Redeem Coupon Code/Gift Certificate"
3.Enter Promo Code "SHOP200"
4.Get Rs.200 off, Pay Balance Amount

Valid upto 21st July,13

Rs.200 OFF

on purchase of Rs.500 & above

Terms & Conditions