Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 December 2008

304 Pages | 20 B&W halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780199230860

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The Sinister Side

How Left-Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art

James Hall

  • A highly original work of cultural history, presenting some of the greatest works of art in a completely new light
  • Explores how works of art reflect our changing cultural ideas about the natural world, human nature, and the mind, and provides a key to understanding art in its social and intellectual context
  • Takes a broad historical view--looking at works of art from the Renaissance to the present, and at both religious and secular painting
  • Shows how, through looking at the left and right symbolism in art, we can glimpse the birth of psychology from its origins in magic, superstition, and fear
  • James Hall is a critically acclaimed art historian with a special interest in exploring the wider implications of art

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