BRAIN, R: The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siecle Europe

Brain, Robert. The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siecle Europe. University of Washington Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780295993218. Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback. (#30636) $32.00

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Traces the origins of artistic modernism to specific technologies of perception developed in late-nineteenth-century laboratories. Brain argues that the thriving fin-de-siècle field of “physiological aesthetics,” which sought physiological explanations for the capacity to appreciate beauty and art, changed the way poets, artists, and musicians worked and brought a dramatic transformation to the idea of art itself.

Black and white illustrations throughout. 348p. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

DISSANAYAKE, E: Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (A McLellan Book)

Book Cover. Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (A McLellan Book)Dissanayake, Ellen. Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (A McLellan Book). University of Washington Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780295991962. Unmarked. Like New. Paperback. (#30622) $20.00

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Black/white illustrations throughout. Dissanayake argues that the arts are biologically evolved propensities of human nature: their fundamental features helped early humans adapt to their environment and reproduce themselves successfully over generations.

This book examines a joint evolutionary origin of art and intimacy in relation to what we commonly call love. 265p. Indices. Notes. References.

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RAMPLEY, M: The Seductions of Darwin: Art, Evolution, Neuroscience

Book cover. The Seductions of Darwin: Art, Evolution, NeuroscienceRampley, Matthew. The Seductions of Darwin: Art, Evolution, Neuroscience. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. ISBN: 9780271077420. Factory sealed. Unmarked. Like New in as new dust jacket. Hardcover. (#30611) $30.00

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The surge of evolutionary and neurological analyses of art and its effects raises questions of how art, culture, and the biological sciences influence one another, and what we gain in applying scientific methods to the interpretation of artwork.

In this insightful book, Matthew Rampley addresses these questions by exploring key areas where Darwinism, neuroscience, and art history intersect.

207p. Measures 6×9 inches.
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