In Praise of Shadows
In this classic essay, Junichiro Tanizaki (1886–1965) celebrates the aesthetics of traditional Japanese culture and its use of natural light, shade and darkness. The 1933 Harper and Seidensticker translation is read, unabridged by David Rintoul. 2 CDs 1 hr 28 mins
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
Painted Women and Cosmetic Art
Focusing on women’s faces, real and ideal, as depicted in art, Professor Ribeiro's study examines shifting perceptions of female beauty during the period from the Renaissance to 1940, and explores the concept and reality of applied beauty – the face enhanced by cosmetics. After an introduction surveying ideals of beauty throughout history, the in-depth discussion is accompanied by over 220 photographs and reproductions ranging from Bellini’s Young Woman at her Toilette (1525) to Sir James Gunn’s portrait of Pauline Waiting (1939).
In Eyes one of France's foremost thinkers pioneers a radical philosophy interrogating ways of seeing, thinking and knowing. By juxtaposing his own short, thoughtful texts with carefully selected paintings and photographs, he prompts the reader to consider how we see and are seen; to reorient our thinking and broaden our respect for the world by trying to imagine the sight of non-human eyes; and to re-envisage the networks and systems of a universe 'studded with eyes'. Thinking in the World series.