Why has such an apparently unpleasant subject such as pain preoccupied artists of every age? Nigel Spivey explores this question in a perceptive and eloquent exposition that ranges from the Christian martyrs to Munch's seminal The Scream and the horrors of the Holocaust. Enduring Creation triggers and explores in depth a host of complicated questions surrounding the motivations of artists and the psychology of our response. Can pain be beautiful? Do we always pity suffering? Is there a link between sainthood and sado-masochism? The result is a brilliantly innovative work of cultural history, and one of those rare books that makes the past come alive by creating a persistent sense that it is of pressing relevance today.
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"Spivey writes with conviction both about art and about human experience and with an obvious pleasure in language. The opening account of a train trip to the Auschwitz Museum sets the tone for what is always, explicitly or implicitly, more than merely another art historical account."--David B. Morris, author of Culture of Pain
"A general tour de force of erudition. [T]he book is very well-written [and] accessible to the general reader."--Alexander Nemerov, author of The Body of Raphaelle Peale
"The prose is lively and the insights thought-provoking. There is also an engaging, at times moving, personal touch to the book. [I]t will appeal to a wide audience of specialists and nonspecialists alike."--Buchanan Sharp, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Nigel Spivey is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge, where he has also been a Fellow of Emmanuel College since 1992. His books include the prizewinning Understanding Greek Sculpture, as well as acclaimed volumes on Greek and Etruscan art.
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Buchbeschreibung Thames & Hudson. 2004. 272 p. Ills. Paperback. Artikel-Nr. 107051