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Best-selling author and philosopher Umberto Eco is currently resident at the Louvre, and his chosen theme of study is "the vertigo of lists." Reflecting on this enormous trove of human achievements, in his lyrical intellectual style he has embarked on an investigation of the phenomenon of cataloging and collecting. This book, featuring lavish reproductions of artworks from the Louvre and other world-famous collections, is a philosophical and artistic sequel to Eco’s recent acclaimed books, History of Beauty and On Ugliness, books in which he delved into the psychology, philosophy, history, and art of human forms. Eco is a modern-day Diderot, and here he examines the Western mind’s predilection for list-making and the encyclopedic. His central thesis is that in Western culture a passion for accumulation is recurring: lists of saints, catalogues of plants, collections of art. This impulse has recurred through the ages from music to literature to art. Eco refers to this obsession itself as a "giddiness of lists" but shows how in the right hands it can be a "poetics of catalogues." From medieval reliquaries to Andy Warhol’s compulsive collecting, Umberto Eco reflects in his inimitably inspiring way on how such catalogues mirror the spirit of their times.

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Reflecting on the enormous trove of human achievements at the Louvre, bestselling author and philosopher Eco embarks on an investigation of the phenomenon of cataloging and collecting. From medieval reliquaries to Andy Warhol's compulsive collecting, Eco shows how such catalogues mirror the spirit of their times.

About the Author

Umberto Eco, semiotician at the University of Bologna, is widely known as one of the finest living authors whose best-selling novels include The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and Baudolino.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780847832965
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Rizzoli International Publications
Translator:
McEwen, Alastair
Author:
McEwen, Alastair
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art-Museums and Collections
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
300 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.46x7.00x1.15 in. 2.81 lbs.

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