How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization

Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to ?How Do We Look? and ?The Eye of Faith,? the famed Civilisations shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art. Focusing in Part I on the Olmec heads of early Mesoamerica, the colossal statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, and the nudes of classical Greece, Be Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to ?How Do We Look? and ?The Eye of Faith,? the famed...

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Title:How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization
Author:Mary Beard
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Genres:History
ISBN:1631494406
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization Reviews

  • Marlies
    Oct 13, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

  • Crystal
    Sep 07, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

  • Amy
    Jul 04, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

  • Katie
    Sep 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

  • Lindsay
    Sep 07, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

  • Stan
    Oct 08, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

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  • Patricia
    Oct 02, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

  • Linda
    Sep 16, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

  • Tessy Consentino
    Oct 10, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

  • Sydney
    Oct 01, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

  • Michelle
    Oct 13, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

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  • Dan Vine
    Jul 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

  • Chelsey
    Oct 04, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Margaret Sankey
    Jun 20, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

  • Colby
    Sep 10, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

  • Joseph
    Sep 28, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

  • Callista
    Oct 06, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

  • Philip
    Oct 13, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

    ...

    ...

  • Susan
    Sep 11, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Kimberly Schlarman
    Oct 13, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

  • Dawn Rupert
    Oct 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

  • Amanda
    Aug 28, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

  • Patrycja
    Aug 17, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

  • Leena Dbouk
    Sep 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

  • Luis Cuesta
    Sep 29, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

  • Rebecca Georgiades
    Aug 26, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

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    ...

  • Joshua
    Oct 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

  • Lily Green
    Aug 07, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

  • Ethan Kaminsky
    Oct 08, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sophie
    Aug 15, 2018

    A beautiful and witty art survey, about one of my favorite subjects--people and how they represent themselves. What does it mean politically and socially to be painted "warts and all," or as a hundred foot tall, bare-chested incarnation of Ra? Beard carefully chooses pieces from around...

    Very informative and easy to read prose! This would be a fantastic addition to a 100 level art history class. ...

    I really like Mary Beard and her perspective on human civilization through her expertise in antiquity. This book focuses on the question of who are we when we are looking at art, not only how do we see art, but how does art reflect our gaze. Using numerous examples of ancient figurativ...

    Fascinating read on art and sculpture and how people from long ago memorialized themselves and others. ...

    This was accessible and interesting, which are two things I wouldn't often say about art history. ...

    This book is, to the best of my knowledge, a companion to the new rendition of "Civilizations" that aired on PBS a few months ago. If you have not watched the new series, I highly recommend it. Among others, this book primarily explores how we look at figures from a western bias, as w...

    How Do We Look offers the reader a question well worth exploring: how do humans use art to explain how they think and feel about themselves. This is a question stolen directly from an Intro to Art syllabus, but it is a question worth asking because human imagination is arguably the mos...

    I guess I was expecting a different read or maybe different format of this book. This is basically research based on sculptures and art through centuries to show how human interpreted and had looked at art. Different cultures and different traditions would show a person in a diff...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. To star I wold say that Mary Beards book is a joy to read, too short for certain and packed with lessons quickly absorbed.Thebook is filled with historical details and Beard?s ideas about the images of gods are fascinating, especially wit...

    Very basic introduction to how we have looked at and engaged with art objects throughout the centuries. This is a very quick read with short chapters focused on a specific place, object, or topic. Unfortunately, it is very Western-centric although Beard says she tried not be. Even ...

    This is a beautiful book with many lovely photos of ancient people, gods and architecture. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is about the body image as seen in ancient cultures through their art, particularly their statues and paintings. Part 2 deals with religious fai...

    I greatly appreciate Mary Beard's writing, and this book is no exception. A light, enjoyable read containing art, history, and the context the art would have been seen in/what it would have meant to contemporary viewers. Fascinating food for thought! I received a digital ARC from th...

    While it was a good book and I did enjoy what was written and the art work covered. I was left with a feeling that something was missing. Since it is meant to accompany the "Civilizations" shows, maybe that was what was missing. Overall good, but somehow lacking. ...

    A good basic read on how we look at art. Reflects the importance of historical context, religion, and even historical perceptions on the role human form in deciphering and understanding art, especially of ancient civilizations. Great for those looking for an intro to looking at ancient...

    One of the best books I?ve read in a very long time. I loved her approach, her writing style, her conclusion. Bravo. ...

    I love Mary Beard and I love her writing! However, some of this book felt unfocused. I'd still recommend it though!!! ...

    Wanted to give more of a 3.75 star review. I really liked it, but it was just a little too little. Wanted more. Guess it would be better to have seen accompanying documentary. Love her though. ...

    I wish it was longer! It was an easy read with beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the ride. ...

    Always something interesting in Mary Beard's books ...

    Some nice insights and I found the section on religious imagery very interesting, but I wish there was more to the book. ...

    It seemed to focus - negatively - on Kenneth Clark ! A bit frothy. ...

    This was very disappointing. Each time, she seemed on the verge of saying something interesting, you turned the page to find the chapter ending on some unsatisfying generality. Often there was an odd lack of historical context. One might want to excuse it on the grounds of the limitati...

    ...