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 ...more
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. ...more
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:
- to identify Beauty as a thing pleasing to contemplate ...more
I think the author exceeds too much the beautiful setting, in keeping with the beauty.
He didn't convinced me.Sorry..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.
Tabi kabul etmek gerekir ki bu çalışmanın çok ama çok önemli bir öğretisi var. Geçmişten günümüze gelindiğinde güzel ...more
Μια καταπληκτική έκδοση των Εκδόσεων Καστανιώτη, με υψηλή ποιότητα χαρτιού και εκτύπωσης, άριστες φωτογραφίες έργων τέχνης ...more
Sin embargo, es un excelente libro de refrencia para profundizar con otras investigaciones. Es una aproximación a "la belleza" con un lenguaje muy ameno, directo y simple que no complica ...more
The book deals with the idea of beauty, and how it has changed through time and cultures, using works of art as th ...more
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 ...more
تاریخ زیبایی: نظریه های زیبایی در فرهنگهای غربی؛ اثر: اومبرتو اکو؛ ترجمه و گزینش: هما بینا؛ پیشگفتار و تحشیه: جهانگیر شهدادی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، فرهنگستان هنر جمهوری اسلامی ایران، موسسه ی تالیف، ترجمه و نشر آثار هنری، 1390، در 230 ص، مصور ، بخشی رنگی، شابک: 9789642320844؛ کتابنامه ص 223، همچنین به صورت زیرنویس، نمایه دارد، موضوع: تاریخ زیبایی شناسی، هنر، فلسفه؛ از ترجمه انگلیسی به فارسی برگردانده شده است
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"История на красотата, представена от Умберто Еко", "Кибеа", прев. Маргарита и Евдокия Златарови, под научната редакция на д-р Аксиния Джурова, 2006 г.
"Ще ти кажа само следното: ти се опитваш при такова нечовешко положение да се държиш като човек. Това може да е прекрасно, но е безполе ...more
Anche le cose brutte si compongono nell'armonia del mondo per via di proporzione e contrasto. La Bellezza [...] nasce anche da questi contrasti, e anche i mostri hanno una ragione e una dignità nel concetto del creato, anche il male nell'ordine diviene bello e buono perché da esso nasce il bene, e accanto a esso il bene meglio rifulge.
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 ...more
I think this book does a decent job at striking the balance between a somewhat in-depth, insight ...more
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 ...more
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 machines
The beauty of t ...more
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 ...more
Am borrowing this book from a friend, but would love a copy of my own. Would go back to it often.
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."