Clark, Kenneth - The Nude: A study in ideal form - ( Item 123361 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2010. First Thus. Fine Hardback. Sealed. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Art historian, author and presenter of the hugely influential series Civilisation, Kenneth Clark possessed a profound knowledge and appreciation of art, and the ability to communicate it. The Nude is considered his best book. In this classic work he shows how, through the centuries, the depiction of the human body has remained the pinnacle of Western art. Clark was the first art historian to consider the distinction between the 'naked' and the 'nude'. In his now-famous definition, the former implies a huddled and defenceless body, while the latter is a balanced and confident form that has been, for centuries, of central importance in Western art. The 'nude' is, he explains, not just a subject but an art form, invented by the greeks in the 5th century BC, 'just as opera is an art form invented in 17th-century italy'. It shows the human body as a serious subject of contemplation: often idealised, yet real, and arousing feelings varying from desire to pathos and awe. Quarter-bound in buckram. Papersides printed with La Baigneuse de Valpinçon by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. 352 pages. 180 colour and black & white plates. 11½ x 8 ins.
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