CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

7-1-2008

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

12

Issue/No.

27

Abstract

Excerpt

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.

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