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Hyperlink and search functions really help to compare what is in common and to spot the differences. Dal libro: It might seem like a trivial question, but think about it: Oct 18, Stela rated it liked it Shelves: Rating details.
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. 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. View all 29 comments. Mar 09, Coyle rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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. 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 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. View 1 comment. Oct 18, Stela rated it liked it Shelves: Even if I agree with most of the reproaches this book received that it is more a guide than a study, that it is more 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 art dilettantism , I'm not sure and I won't dig, so back off! Anyway, I think the author completed his objectives, enumerated in Introduction: Based on a reviewing of the great artistic movements whose ideologies influenced - evidently- the conception of Beauty , the essay presents different Aesthetic Ideals from ancient Greece to nowadays, emphasizing the growing complexity of the concept of Beauty, from the antithesis Apollonian - Dionysiac as a very interesting antithesis between vision and sound, to the contemporary syncretism, from Pythagoras' abstract numbers and music of spheres to the prosaic industrialisation, from Pericles' ideal of harmony, order, measure, and simplicity, to "the orgy of tolerance, the total syncretism and the absolute and unstoppable polytheism of Beauty" which characterize our times.
Overall, not pretentious, beautifully illustrated someone said, ironically, of course, that it would make a wonderful present , it doesn't aim to impress but to observe the evolution of a concept over a very long period of time. Hence the impression that he only grazed the surface of the subject.
View all 4 comments. 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. I almost give it up.. It was only funny, cross myself with the various interpreters of the history of art But very little, very little.
View all 3 comments. 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.
Apr 23, Bjorn rated it liked it Shelves: It's an interesting topic: It might seem like a trivial question, but think about it: 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 triumph It's an interesting topic: Why did medieaval Christ figures look triumphant and baroque ones suffering?
Why is Kate Moss a supermodel and Roseanne Barr not? Can something tragic be beautiful? If you've read Eco before you know he's good at picking up patterns, memes, ideas and how they mutate with time and context. So this is Eco the non-fiction writer tracing society's concept of beauty from pre-historic time to the 21st century, richly illustrated with artworks and architecture and quotes from poets, philosophers and novelists ranging from Plato to Wilde.
Inevitably, even at pages, it becomes a bit of a coffee table book; it's a huge topic, and he doesn't really have time to cover everything plus, it's all pretty Eurocentric, of course. But being Eco, what he does cover is covered in-depth, giving you a great understanding of how and why standards change and how they relate to changes in the world - the relationships between religion and art, between revolution and poetry, technology and design.
Rather brilliant. Plus, obviously, the book itself is beautiful. Now I'm even more intrigued by the sequel On Ugliness; Eco has said that after writing the first book, he realised he'd been writing about standards, about conformity.
What about the things that don't conform to the traditional standards?
That's another doorstopper. Jan 07, Jose rated it it was ok.
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 Absolutely disappointing.
So, if you're already into History of Art or Philosophy, don't even think about getting this book. Still, it would be unfair not to acknowledge the book's easy style and summarized vision of the topic: Sin embargo, es un excelente libro de refrencia para profundizar con otras investigaciones.
View 2 comments. This book takes a lot of stamina to go through.
The concept is quite easy: These chapters are often just pages. Nevertheless it's hard to read weird layout, at least in the german edition, and hard to understand texts without comments and boring at times.
It doesn't feel like a cohesive book, but rather like lecture notes put tog This book takes a lot of stamina to go through. It doesn't feel like a cohesive book, but rather like lecture notes put together.
Period descriptions don't go into details, but mention what's most important. What I really missed was an extensive analysis of the texts and artworks used. Mar 14, Psychophant rated it liked it Shelves: 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 th The book originally was presented as a CD-Rom. The book deals with the idea of beauty, and how it has changed through time and cultures, using works of art as the only surviving yardstick of what was considered beautiful. Although the author has his own views, he tries to keep it hidden, focusing instead on what others thought, although the narrative gives a hint of which of those ideas he favors, sometimes quite broadly, but that is to be expected as he is a son of his own time and culture, so his views will be different though still close from mine.
Its awkward handling, specially as it requires a certain level of involvement from the reader give it this relatively low score for such a gorgeous book. Because it is gorgeous, and a simple cursory read, looking at the images, probably will enlighten you as much as deep reading.
But that gorgeousness detracts from its own message, because subject to so many beautiful images, how can you define what is beauty, if beauty is most of them? Which I suppose goes a long way to explain why Eco published also History of Ugliness. Because you cannot have one without the other. Maybe after reading it my mind will clear, and I will give it a higher score. Sep 12, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Dense.
I didn't realize how great a role writing, especially poetry and philosophy, would play in the theories expressed and discussed in the book. I am an artist and art instructor, but my grounding in philosophy is mediocre and my poetry background is almost nil. I was much better able to understand the arguments and explanations when they referred to art images those included in the book or those left out than when they were supported by poetry, philosophy, literature or music.
The writing is very academic and the book is full of both quality color reproductions of artworks and excerpts from many many written works. In the written works context was sometimes limited and this added to my feeling of being lost or confused. I would expect the book to be used more as a textbook--a graduate level textbook supported by other text, readings and discussions. This is not a light read. Feb 03, Beata rated it it was amazing. Excellence in its own right Dal libro: Jul 11, Pollopicu rated it did not like it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got through this book by pure endurance I built by jogging 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 u I got through this book by pure endurance I built by jogging miles a day, 4 times a week.
I believe it was one of the ultimate driving forces which inspired me to start reading classic works.
So when I opened my copy of the beautifully illustrated book "On beauty" and saw that one of the very first pictures of the book was a nude picture of what our society has been conditioned to recognize as beauty, I was disappointed. I think that adding this image to the very first pages of this beautiful book was a serious offense, and I was indeed offended.
Other than that, the book was deeply disappointing. It was a tedious bore to get through.
I found a driving manual more interesting to read.. I can safely say I got nothing from reading it, and I read it from cover to cover. I guess I'm more fascinated with the nature of ugliness than with that of beauty, since beauty these days seems to be so generic and un-original.
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