Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art
Department of History and Political Science
Metapsychology Online Reviews
Only a Promise of Happiness: the Place of Beauty in a World of Art is a beautiful book. I use the word 'beautiful' here with purpose, indeed with multiple purposes. First, to the casual eye the book presents itself as a contribution to art history or appreciation. Its cover (and who doesn't choose a book by its cover?) offers a color detail from Manet's Olympia, a work of some significant obsession on the part of the author; its more or less eight by ten inch dimensions; its thirteen color plates collected at the book's end and its seventy-nine black and white figures interspersed with the text; all contribute to this impression. The book is beautifully put together.
Mulvey, B. (2008). Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art. Metapsychology Online Reviews, 12 (27) Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/719