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215 × 139 × 15 mm
288 pages
110 illustrations
14 Jan 2019

A Short History of the Shadow Victor I. Stoichita

In this investigative tour de force, now available in a new format edition, Victor I. Stoichita untangles the history of one of the most enduring technical and symbolic challenges to confront Western artists: the depiction and meanings of shadows.
Stoichita’s compelling account of the shadow and Western art draws on texts by Renaissance artist-authors such as Vasari and Cennini, folk and fairy tales, classical myths, works by van Eyck, Poussin, Malevich, De Chirico, Picasso and other masters, German Expressionist cinema, photography and child psychology. It is a wholly original investigation of a subject that for centuries has challenged the very meaning of art as representation.

Victor I. Stoichita is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the author of Visionary Experience in the Golden Age of Spanish Art (1997) and A Short History of the Shadow (1997), and co-author with Anna-Maria Coderch of Goya: The Last Carnival (1999), all published by Reaktion Books.