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The Resource Postures : body language in art, Desmond Morris

Postures : body language in art, Desmond Morris

Label
Postures : body language in art
Title
Postures
Title remainder
body language in art
Statement of responsibility
Desmond Morris
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Every time an artist portrays a human subject, a decision has to be made about the posture of the figure. Will they be standing, sitting or reclining? Smiling, screaming or weeping? Will they be clasping their hands, crossing their arms or raising their fist? For the first time, celebrated surrealist and bestselling author Desmond Morris brings together his two fields of expertise - art and science - in a single volume. As well as exploring such familiar actions as the handshake, the nose-thumb and the dominant elbow, he draws us into an absorbing story of art detection, tracing the roots of a number of gestures that have baffled and intrigued the art world for years. Why, for example, did Napoleon pose for official portraits with his right hand thrust into his waistcoat, and what is the meaning of the double-split hand gesture displayed in El Greco's The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest? Encompassing a vast range of visual creativity, from prehistoric figurines, Roman artefacts and Renaissance frescoes to contemporary art and graffiti, Postures: Body Language in Art unlocks new ways of looking at art. Surprising similarities are uncovered, as well as now rarely used gestures, so that even the most familiar works are suddenly seen in a new light."--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morris, Desmond
Dewey number
704.9/42
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N8217.B56
LC item number
M67 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Body language in art
  • Body language in art
  • Art and society
Label
Postures : body language in art, Desmond Morris
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Greetings -- Blessings -- Status -- Insults -- Threats -- Distress -- Self-protection -- The erotic -- At rest
Control code
on1112379391
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9780500022610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Postures : body language in art, Desmond Morris
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Greetings -- Blessings -- Status -- Insults -- Threats -- Distress -- Self-protection -- The erotic -- At rest
Control code
on1112379391
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9780500022610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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