Happiness or Its Absence in Art

Happiness or Its Absence in Art

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The concept of a€˜happinessa€™ is central to most civilized cultures. This volume investigates the many ways in which Western art has visualized the concept from the early Middle Ages to the present. Employing different methodological approaches, the essays gathered here situate the concept of human happiness within discourses on gender, religion, intellectual life, politics and a€˜New-Agea€™ culture. Operating as a cultural agent, art communicates the idea of happiness as both a physical and spiritual condition by exploiting specific formulae of representation. This volume combines art history, cultural analyses and intellectual studies in order to explore the complexities of iconographic programs that represent various forms of happiness, or its explicit absence, and to expose the implications embedded in the artistic works in question. Through innovative readings, the ten authors presented in this book survey different artistic and/or cultural paradigms and offer new interpretations of happiness or of its absence.Notes 1 This title pays homage to the historical overview of the theme of happiness, written by Darrin McMahon, which served as an important scholarly source for most of the essays in this volume, and in particular for the introduction: Darrin M.

Title:Happiness or Its Absence in Art
Author: Ronit Milano, William Barcham
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2014-10-02

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