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By Umberto Eco

Within the mildew of his acclaimed History of Beauty, well known cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the big and the repellant in visible tradition and the humanities. what's the voyeuristic impulse at the back of our appeal to the ugly and the terrible? the place does the magnetic charm of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness additionally within the eye of the beholder? Eco’s encyclopedic wisdom and beautiful storytelling talents mix during this creative examine of the grotesque, revealing that what we frequently defend ourselves from and shun in daily life is what we’re so much drawn to subliminally. issues 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 ample examples of portray and sculpture starting from old 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 techniques of evil, depravity, and darkness in paintings and literature.

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