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Author Barolsky, Paul, 1941-
Title A brief history of the artist from God to Picasso / Paul Barolsky.
Imprint University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [2010]

Author Barolsky, Paul, 1941-
Subject Artists -- History.
Art -- Historiography.
Literature and history.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 147 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-144) and index.
Contents The art of God from the beginning of the world till the end of time -- Homer, Hephaistos, and the poetic origins of art history -- Ovid's protean epic and artistic personae -- Dante and the modern cult of the artist -- Vasari and the quixotic painter -- Leonardo, Vasari, and the historical imagination -- Vasari and the autobiography of Michelangelo -- Balzac and the fable of failure in modern art -- Myths and mysteries of modern art -- Towards a mock-heroic history of art -- The metamorphoses of Picasso.
Summary Explores art history and imaginative literature to show how fiction and history inform each other. Traces the modern idea of the artist to the epic tradition from Homer and Ovid to Dante, leading to Michelangelo. Examines how Vasari shaped Balzac's idea of the artist, and Balzac influenced Picasso's --Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780271051154 (electronic bk.)
0271051159 (electronic bk.)
9780271055206 (electronic bk.)
0271055200 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 779851034
Additional Format Print version: Barolsky, Paul, 1941- Brief history of the artist from God to Picasso. University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2010 9780271036755 (DLC) 2009038199 (OCoLC)437115744

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