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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Self, Colin

Self, Colin (17 July 1941)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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Current Version:
2013

...that humans share an animal-like taste for destruction, he created works such as Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber No. 2 ( 1963 ) and Guard Dog on a Missile Base, No. 1 ( 1965 ) that juxtapose Cold War weaponry with fierce animal aggression. A trip to the USA did nothing to dispel his fears. In Hot Dog Sculpture ( 1965 ), he alluded to the darker side of consumerism. A giant cast polyester resin hotdog, a symbol of a new fast-food culture, appears charred by nuclear warfare. For Self, this sculpture should stand as a reminder of modern values for future...

Yan Peiming

Yan Peiming (1980)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists

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2013

...such as in 1988 at the Vauban barracks in Sète or in 1989 at the Musée Greuze in Tournus. At a solo exhibition in Paris in January 1991 he showed only large portraits of Mao, with this brief introduction on the invitation: ‘From his story began my own.’ This was intended to dispel the ambiguity of these portraits, which could easily be perceived as either propaganda or nostalgia, whereas Yan regarded this figure with neither adulation nor hatred. Because Mao's likeness was everywhere when Yan was a child, his face became intimately linked with scenes of...

Haydn, (Franz) Joseph

Haydn, (Franz) Joseph   Reference library

Pierpaolo Polzonetti

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

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2016
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Religion, Art & Architecture
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...Tobit, for having lost everything as a result of his all-too-charitable disposition. She then expresses her preoccupation for his son Tobia, who went on a journey to Media, where he married Sara, whose previous seven husbands have been killed by a demon. Her worries are dispelled as the angel Raphael appears in disguise as their son’s traveling companion. In his aria “Anna m’ascolta: Quel figlio,” Raphael reassures Anna that Tobia is about to come home. He will restore sight to his father thanks to a medicine he made out of a fish. The emphatic...

Arnold, Matthew

Arnold, Matthew (1822)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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4,107 words

...Trilling began his career by writing an intellectual biography of Arnold, and Leavis, despite his nearidolatrous deference to Eliot, vigorously defended Arnold against Eliot's strictures. In one of his essays, the poet Wallace Stevens ( 1989 ) remarks that “to see the gods dispelled in mid-air and dissolve like clouds is one of the great human experiences.” A historian contemplating the fate of Arnoldian humanism in the past three or four decades might have an experience similar to that which Stevens describes. In the early 1970s, a metaphysical revolution...

Essentialism

Essentialism   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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6,171 words

...of G. W. F. Hegel and such idealist followers as Benedetto Croce ( 1922 ) and Robin George Collingwood ( 1938 ). It was in this context that John A. Passmore ( 1954 ) attacked aestheticians for pretentiously saying nothing and for trying to retain mystery rather than dispel it. Aesthetics, he maintained, has presented us with empty and accommodating formulas based on an attempt to impose “a spurious unity” on a conflicted field. Most aesthetics books are dull because they fail to bring sharpness to their subject matters, and because they bring...

Rock Music

Rock Music   Reference library

Jeffrey F. Keuss

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

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2016
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Religion, Art & Architecture
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5,642 words

...forever through the gift of Ronald Reagan’s revisioning of America that transported Greenwood far beyond the ranks of stardom to a niche in America’s pop culture that seems forever reserved for him and him alone. If any doubt existed about Greenwood’s imprint on America, it was dispelled in 2003 when, on the 20-year anniversary of its release, “God Bless the USA” was voted the most recognizable patriotic song in the nation. The song that Lee Greenwood wrote bested all the other contestants, including “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as a...

Gainsborough, Thomas

Gainsborough, Thomas (1727)   Reference library

Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators

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2013

...the works from the exhibition. He subsequently refused to have any further dealings with the Academy. The hostility between Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, has been much commented upon. However when Reynolds visited him on his deathbed and Gainsborough was at pains to dispel any vestige of enmity between Reynolds and himself. He faced death with commendable equanimity and is reported to have said to Reynolds that the two of them would ‘meet again in Heaven, with Van Dyck for company’. By 1750 , Gainsborough was painting three-quarter-length...

Tragedy

Tragedy   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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6,994 words

...passages of alternate-line dialogue known as “stichomythia,” and the narratives of news bringers (“messengers”), who typically use a form of the past tense that approximates it linguistically to the narratives of Homeric epic. Due attention to tragic language enables us to dispel the trivial observation that “nothing happens in Greek tragedy.” For example, the violence that many theatrical traditions exhibit on stage was, in Greece, enacted in words. Oedipus's self-blinding, Hippolytus's gruesome downfall, and Pentheus's rending by his mother lose nothing...

Creativity

Creativity   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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8,256 words

...out to be rather small. Creativity and its cognates mean the ability to produce something original (in the sense of new rather than authentic) in the arts, in the sciences, and in any other endeavor. Attempts to explain this ability result in paradox. The paradox cannot be dispelled at the individual level, only at the social level of tradition. An ascription of creativity to an object, and by extension to its creator, is a social matter, rather than disclosure of an inherent property of thing or person. The Greek myth of the Muses as found in Homer and...

Fashion

Fashion   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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13,281 words
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...it is put on, the shape, line, and surface embellishment all change their character when they form a composition with the living person; and only then does the complete work of art come into existence. The separate integrity of the garment proves to be a beautiful illusion, dispelled when it is brought to its true life. The intrinsic beauty of clothing has been most compelling in civilizations that developed a mode of art based on refining and perfecting an original and carefully stabilized formal scheme, for both representation and ornament. Artists would...

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