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- DescriptionFrom Egypt's Abu Simbel to South Dakota's Mount Rushmore to Tan Swie Hian's Earth Art Museum in China's Quingdao National Forest, mountains have long been shaped to resemble human personages, including pharaohs, presidents, and painters. Mountains and Memory explores this practice and traces the history of anthropomorphism - the attribution of human qualities to n-human nature - as expressed in the form of carvings on mountaius rock formations. Anthropomorphism can be understood as either perceptual, wherein natural forms are perceived as bearing human likeness, as is the case with New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain, or conceptual, wherein mountains are shaped sculpturally into human form, exemplified by Mount Rushmore . In both cases, the author argues, memory is enlisted to impose meaning on otherwise inchoate rock formations. In addition to exploring the theme through examples of actual mountains, the author also considers paintings and prints that impose human forms onto mountains and discusses projects that are still in development. In its range and attention, Mountains and Memory offers a unique look at mountains as the subject of both art and collective experience.
- Author BiographyRobert L. McGrath is professor emeritus of art history at Dartmouth College.
- Author(s)Robert L. McGrath
- PublisherCenter for American Places,US
- Date of Publication12/04/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCenter for American Places,US
- Content Note94 halftones
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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