How to Use Your Eyes

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Routledge, Aug 20, 2007 - Art - 272 pages

James Elkins's How to Use Your Eyes invites us to look at--and maybe to see for the first time--the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins explores complicated things like mandalas, the periodic table, or a hieroglyph, remaking the world into a treasure box of observations--eccentric, ordinary, marvelous.

 

Contents

Preface
THING SMADE BY MAN 1 how to Look at A Postage Stamp
how to look at A Culvert
how to look at An Oil Painting
how to look at Pavement
how to look at An X
how to look at Linear
how to look at Chinese and Japanese Script
how to look at the Periodic Table
how to look at A
THING SMADE BY NATURE 18 how to look at A Shoulder
how to look at A Face
how to look at A Fingerprint
how to look at Grass
how to look at A Twig
how to look at Sand

how to look at Egyptian Hieroglyphs
how to look at Egyptian Scarabs
how to look at An Engineering Drawing
how to look at A Rebus
how to look at Mandalas
how to look at Perspective Pictures
how to look at An Alchemical Emblem
how to look at Special Effects
how to look at Moths Wings
how to look at Halos
how to look at Sunsets
how to look at Color
how to look at The Night
how to look at Mirages
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James Elkins is Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of What Painting Is (1998) and Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles? (1999), both published by Routledge.

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