Wadsworth Atheneum


Body of Art is the first book to focus exclusively on the body in art, providing not only a complete history of how the human form has been represented in visual culture over time, but also how it has become - literally and metaphorically - the canvas on and through which we talk about human experience.

Unprecedented in scope and intellectual rigor, the book spans Western art, ancient to contemporary, figurative, abstract and conceptual. An illustrated timeline provides broader historical and social contexts.

Works are curated by theme into ten chapters:

  • Beauty
  • Identity
  • Power
  • Religion & Belief
  • Sex & Gender
  • Emotion Embodied
  • The Body's Limits
  • Bodies & Space
  • The Abject Body
  • The Absent Body

Details: By Harry Hill
published 2015, 440 pages, hardcover


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