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It has been said that supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha. Yet the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated "smiling" with drinking whisky.

In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly weaves art, poetry, history, and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many meanings of the human smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from eighteenth and nineteenth-century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the nuances of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. But he also asks key questions about the behavioral and psychological aspects of smiling: Is smiling unique to human beings? When and how does human smiling become an act of communication? How does smiling foster our attachments to one another?

Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry as he brings his expertise as writer, historian, and thinker to bear on the art of the smile.

Review:

"[An] eclectic and engaging look at the phenomenon throughout art and history and across cultures." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] genial exploration of the depicted smile." Library Journal

Review:

"[T]hanks to Trumble's curiosity, breadth of knowledge and naughty sense of humor, the overall effect is delightful." Psychology Today

Review:

"[A] charming scholarly analysis of simpers and grins across space and time." Boston Globe

Book News Annotation:

A curator at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven conducts a fascinating survey of the smile's many connotations in such diverse modes as classic Greek statues, traditional European and Eastern art, dentistry through the ages, early human development, and the contemporary smiley face icon.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This text weaves art, poetry, history and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many meanings of the human smile. The author illustrates his points with emblematic works of art, and explores the nuances of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts.

Synopsis:

It has been said that supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha. Yet, the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated "smiling" with drinking whisky. Every smile is the product of physical processes common to all humans. But since the dawn of civilization, the upward movement of the muscles of the face has carried a bewildering range of meanings. In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly weaves art, poetry, history and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many nuances of the human smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from 18th and 19th century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the meanings of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. But he also asks key questions about the behavioral and psychological aspects of smiling: When and how in infancy does human smiling become a profound act of communication? Is smiling unique to human beings? How does smiling function to foster our attachments to each other? Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry.An established talent in the art worlds of Europe, Europe and Australia, Trumble challenges our most deeply held assumptions about smiling. In his analysis of Jusepe de Ribera's Girl Playing a Tambourine, Trumble explores the sinister side of the smile-the leer, the snarl, the lewd grin. And from J.A. Ingres' portrait of the Princesse de Broglie, he extracts the implications of "public" smiling, the tension between decorum and beauty. Trumble brings his expertise as a writer, historian and thinker to bear on the art of smiling in this charming and distinctive work.

About the Author

Angus Trumble is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and of New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. He has been curator of European paintings and sculpture at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, and is currently a Fellow of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History at Adelaide University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465087778
Author:
Trumble, Angus
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Smile
Subject:
Smile in art.
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Smile in literature
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
32
Publication Date:
20040107
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.57x6.41x.94 in. 1.14 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Basic Books - English 9780465087778 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] eclectic and engaging look at the phenomenon throughout art and history and across cultures."
"Review" by , "[A] genial exploration of the depicted smile."
"Review" by , "[T]hanks to Trumble's curiosity, breadth of knowledge and naughty sense of humor, the overall effect is delightful."
"Review" by , "[A] charming scholarly analysis of simpers and grins across space and time."
"Synopsis" by , This text weaves art, poetry, history and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many meanings of the human smile. The author illustrates his points with emblematic works of art, and explores the nuances of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts.
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It has been said that supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha. Yet, the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated "smiling" with drinking whisky. Every smile is the product of physical processes common to all humans. But since the dawn of civilization, the upward movement of the muscles of the face has carried a bewildering range of meanings. In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly weaves art, poetry, history and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many nuances of the human smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from 18th and 19th century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the meanings of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. But he also asks key questions about the behavioral and psychological aspects of smiling: When and how in infancy does human smiling become a profound act of communication? Is smiling unique to human beings? How does smiling function to foster our attachments to each other? Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry.An established talent in the art worlds of Europe, Europe and Australia, Trumble challenges our most deeply held assumptions about smiling. In his analysis of Jusepe de Ribera's Girl Playing a Tambourine, Trumble explores the sinister side of the smile-the leer, the snarl, the lewd grin. And from J.A. Ingres' portrait of the Princesse de Broglie, he extracts the implications of "public" smiling, the tension between decorum and beauty. Trumble brings his expertise as a writer, historian and thinker to bear on the art of smiling in this charming and distinctive work.
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