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An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body Hardcover – August 28, 2011

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"Belting is one of the most brilliant and most prolific art historians."--Choice

"[A] fascinating if not revolutionary look at the way we interact with other 'embodied' images such as sculptures, photographs, films, paintings and more. . . . Brilliant."--William Yeoman, West Australian

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"The case for an anthropology of images is very compelling. Belting's insistence on thinking across the received divisions between mental and physical images, virtual and real images, and technical and nontechnical images is refreshing and provocative. He is rightly skeptical of current dogmas about 'new media' as a radical historical break that renders the concept of the image obsolete. Again and again, he rejects rigid antitheses and presentist rhetoric as he argues for a much more nuanced, complex history of images."--W.J.T. Mitchell, University of Chicago

"Highly original and provocative, An Anthropology of Images is integral to today's contentious debates about the nature, history, and domain of images. The book's insights ripple far across the field of art history."--Michael Leja, University of Pennsylvania


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691145008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691145006
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kaíque Agostineti on January 11, 2013
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Hans Belting is one of the best researchers in the field of the visual culture. He look's for how we consume and use the images in this world. So, this is the Antropology of VIsual Culture: the relations between the imagem, the medium and the body.
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