A Short History of the Shadow

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Reaktion Books, Aug 13, 2018 - Art - 304 pages
In this investigative tour de force, Victor I. Stoichita untangles the history of one of the most enduring technical and symbolic challenges to confront Western artists: the depiction and meaning of shadows. Stoichita's compelling and expansive account draws on texts by Renaissance artist-authors such as Vasari and Cennini, folk and fairy tales, and classical myths; works by van Eyck, Poussin, Malevich, De Chirico, and Picasso, among other masters; as well as German Expressionist cinema, photography, and child psychology. It is a wholly original investigation of a subject that for centuries has challenged the very meaning of art as representation.

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In what could be called a meticulous dissection of Robert Louis Stevenson's "I Have a Little Shadow," Stoichita (history of art, Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland) examines the artistic and intellectual ... Read full review

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Victor I. Stoichita is professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the author of Visionary Experience in the Golden Age of Spanish Art and coauthor, with Anna-Maria Coderch, of Goya: The Last Carnival.

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