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By Umberto Eco

Within the mildew of his acclaimed History of Beauty, popular cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the gigantic and the repellant in visible tradition and the humanities. what's the voyeuristic impulse in the back of our charm to the grotesque and the terrible? the place does the magnetic allure of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness additionally within the eye of the beholder? Eco’s encyclopedic wisdom and eye-catching storytelling abilities mix during this inventive examine of the grotesque, revealing that what we frequently protect ourselves from and shun in lifestyle is what we’re such a lot drawn to subliminally. themes variety from Milton’s devil to Goethe’s Mephistopheles; from witchcraft and medieval torture strategies to martyrs, hermits, and penitents; from lunar births and disemboweled corpses to mythic monsters and sideshow freaks; and from Decadentism and picturesque ugliness to the cheesy, kitsch, and camp, and the aesthetics of extra and vice. With considerable examples of portray and sculpture starting from historic Greek amphorae to Bosch, Brueghel, and Goya between others, and with quotations from the main celebrated writers and philosophers of every age, this provocative dialogue explores in-depth the thoughts of evil, depravity, and darkness in artwork and literature.

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