Best Books of the Month Amazon Fashion Learn more Discover it Blake Shelton Father's Day Gift Guide 2016 Fire TV Stick Grocery Father's Day Gifts Amazon Cash Back Offer bighero bighero bighero  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Introducing new colors All-New Kindle Oasis AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Outdoor Recreation
Customer Review

86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, idiosyncratic handbook on the visual arts, October 16, 2012
By 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (Hardcover)
The first thing to be said about Camille Paglia's latest is that the hardcover edition is beautifully produced, printed on high-quality glossy pages, including vibrant full-color reproductions of the artworks she has chosen to discuss. Assuming there is a forthcoming paperback edition, there is a great chance the publisher will choose black-and-white versions - I would highly recommend going for this edition. The heavy pages fall easily open for the reader, and the book has a nice weight to it. The simple, striking cover evokes both Egypt and the desert planet of Tatooine in the Star Wars universe.

Paglia's stated aim here is to provide a kind of handbook for the educated everyday reader who is thirsty for more knowledge of the great sweep of Western art. Paglia has selected twenty-nine exemplary works for consideration, beginning in ancient Egypt and taking us right up to George Lucas's Revenge of the Sith. Paglia's great strength as a public intellectual has always been that she sees no distinction between high and low art, and this allows her to seriously consider a filmmaker like Lucas, in her view the dominant major artist of the last three decades. Her deliberate, carefully crafted prose (she spent five years on this volume) is reminiscent of the glittering words of Oscar Wilde, a lush, highly visual style. Paglia takes her pedagogical mission seriously, and her writing is designed to draw curious the reader into an ecstatic state of contemplation regarding the great works.

This book is not a definitive, all-encompassing survey of art history. Paglia has chosen a small number of works, some canonical, and some of them highly idiosyncratic selections. The Idols of the Cyclades, the Laocoon, The Book of Kells, Titian's Venus With A Mirror, Caspar David Friedrich's The Sea of Ice, Pollock's Green Silver, Antin's 100 Boots, Renee Cox's Chillin' with Liberty - these are a few examples of Paglia's range here.

If you have found yourself infuriated by Paglia in the past (I do not count myself in this group), I recommend taking a second look at her and her work. We should treasure a serious, deeply erudite intellectual who takes the time to speak to the general public. In our distracted, media-saturated times, we need her pugnaciousness, as well as her call to contemplation.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]