Glittering Images - Camille Paglia

Take a long, close look at a masterpiece. As important as the details of subject and technique is the focused, attentive act of looking itself. This is part of the passionate and well reasoned defense of the visual arts offered by Camille Paglia, humanities professor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in Glittering Images (Pantheon, $30). Increasingly in danger of being lost amid the distracting digital clutter, the arts are also being cut from school curricula and have been demonized by the right, narrowed by the left. Paglia’s response is to revitalize art history with an eloquent tour of twenty-nine works, from ancient Egyptian tomb paintings to Renaissance sculptures to contemporary installations and films. Her brief essays describe periods and styles and how they’ve accomplished the diverse work art has done for some 5,000 years, which includes carrying on traditions, solidifying faith, celebrating historical events, and delighting by “the sorcery of beauty.” And art’s role now? Paglia declares the avant-garde agenda over; today, “we’re looking for meaning, not subverting it.”

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars By Camille Paglia Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780375424601
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Published: Pantheon - October 16th, 2012

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars By Camille Paglia Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307278029
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2013