Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine
By (author) Barbara Maria Stafford
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Body Criticism by Barbara Maria Stafford
Book DescriptionIn this erudite and profusely illustrated history of perception, Barbara Stafford explores a remarkable set of body metaphors deriving from both aesthetic and medical practices that were developed during the enlightenment for making visible the unseeable aspects of the world. While she focuses on these metaphors as a reflection of the changing attitudes toward the human body during the period of birth of the modern world, she also presents a strong argument for our need to recognize the occurrence of a profound revolution -- a radical shift from a textbased to a visually centered culture. Stafford agues, in fact, that modern societies need to develop innovative, nonlinguistic paradigms and to train a broad public in visual aptitude.Barbara Maria Stafford is Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262691659
(273mm x 197mm x 38mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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Visual Analogy, Paperback (October 2001)
A groundbreaking book exploring the discovery of sameness in otherness.
Artful Science, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Barbara Maria Stafford
Exploring the exhilarating but paradoxical intertwining of enchantment with enlightenment in the early modern period.
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Author Biography - Barbara Maria Stafford
Barbara Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Good Looking, Artful Science, Body Criticism, and Voyage into Substance (all published by MIT Press).
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