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Ancestral Images: The Iconography of Human Origins

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Pictorial reconstructions of ancient human ancestors have twin purposes: to make sense of shared ancestry and to bring prehistory to life. Stephanie Moser analyzes the close relationship between representations of the past and theories about human evolution, showing how this relationship existed even before a scientific understanding of human origins developed. How did mythological, religious, and historically inspired visions of the past, in existence for centuries, shape this understanding? Moser treats images as primary documents, and her book is illustrated with more than eighty engravings, paintings, photographs, and reconstructions.<P>In surveying the iconography of prehistory, Moser explores visions of human creation that were produced during the Renaissance. She looks closely at the first scientific reconstructions of the nineteenth century, which dramatized and made comprehensible the Darwinian theory of human descent from apes. She considers, as well, the impact of reconstructions on popular literature in Europe and North America, showing that early visualizations of prehistory retained a firm hold on the imagination — a hold that archaeologists and anthropologists have found difficult to shake.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801435492
Author:
Moser, Stephanie
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Location:
Ithaca, N.Y. :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Origin
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Human evolution -- Pictorial works -- History.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Prehistoric peoples -- Pictorial works.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.84x7.03x.75 in. 1.60 lbs.

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