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Description - Pictures and Tears by James Elkins

Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? In Pictures and Tears , art historian Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. New in paperback, this book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415970532
ISBN-10: 0415970539
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Elkins

James Elkins is Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including How to Use Your Eyes and What Painting Is, both published by Routledge.

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