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The Philosophy of Art

Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this accessible and insightful introduction outlines the central theories and ongoing debates in the philosophy of art. Covers a wide range of topics, including the definition and interpretation of art, the … Continue reading

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Arts in Health: a review of the medical literature

Artists have long been aware of the benefits of their work in healthcare settings and  we know from evaluation reports that the arts can have a positive impact on health. What we have lacked thus far is systematic evidence of some of … Continue reading

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Inca Art

The art of the Inca civilization of Peru (c. 1425-1532 CE) produced some of the finest works ever crafted in the ancient Americas. Inca art is best seen in highly polished metalwork, ceramics, and, above all, textiles, with the last … Continue reading

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Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beauty

Truly experiencing the beauty of an object could require conscious thought, vindicating the ideas of Immanuel Kant The “Mona Lisa,” one of the world’s most famous works of art, hangs on a featureless tan wall in a large, sparse room … Continue reading

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Palaeontological reconstructions

Zdeněk Michael František Burian (February 11, 1905, Kopřivnice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary – July 1, 1981 Prague, Czechoslovakia) was a Czech painter and book illustrator whose work played a central role in the development of palaeontological reconstruction. Originally recognised only in his … Continue reading

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Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture offers a comprehensive overview of sociology of art and culture, focusing especially – though not exclusively – on the visual arts, literature, music, and digital culture. Extending, and critiquing, Bourdieu’s … Continue reading

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The Sociology of Art

First published in 1982, The Sociology of Art considers all forms of the arts, whether visual arts, literature, film, theatre or music from Bach to the Beatles. The last book to be completed by Arnold Hauser before his death in … Continue reading

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