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The Human Touch

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An exploration of the sense of touch within art

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years and from across the globe, this book explores the fundamental role of touch in human experience, and offers new ways of looking. In a series of lavishly illustrated essays, the authors explore anatomy and skin; the relationship between the brain, hand, and creativity; touch, desire and possession; ideological touch; reverence and iconoclasm. A final section collects a range of reflections, historic and contemporary, on touch.

Objects range from anonymous ancient Egyptian limestone sculpture, to medieval manuscripts and panel paintings, to devotional and spiritual objects from across the world, to love tokens and fede rings. Drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture by Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Carracci, Hogarth, Turner, Rodin, Degas, and Kollwitz are explored, along with work by contemporary artists Judy Chicago, Frank Auerbach, Richard Long, the Chapman Brothers, and Richard Rawlins.

  • Authors: Elenor Ling and Suzanne Reynolds
  • Hardcover: 192 pages | 192 illustrations
  • Date published: January 2021
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1913645052
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24.7  cm