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Description - The Invisible Masterpiece by Hans Belting

The "invisible masterpiece" is an unattainable ideal, a work in which a dream of absolute art is incorporated but can never be realised. By means of this metaphor borrowed from Balzac, Hans Belting shows the variety of ways in which the status and meaning of the masterpiece have been elevated and denigrated since the early nineteenth century. Highly illustrated with numerous pivotal images.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861891082
ISBN-10: 1861891083
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 168mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hans Belting

Hans Belting is Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany, and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1994).

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