Art in the Archaeological Imagination [Paperback]

Dragos Gheorghiu (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789253528 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Publication: March 2020 | Language: English 176p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w
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Art in the Archaeological Imagination


The book discusses the creative mental processes of the prehistoric and contemporary artists, as well as of the archaeologists studying them from the perspective of cognition and art. Its intention is to highlight the artistic thinking within theimagination of the archaeologist, as well as to discuss the concepts of imagination andart in the current scientific research. From this perspective the book suggests a type of research closer to the complexity of the human nature and human thinking that can approach cultural and psychological subjects ignored until now. It is hoped that one of the results of the book will be the formulation of new meanings for art from the perspective of archaeology. Responding to the recent ongoing growing interest in the art-archaeology interaction, the editor has carefully selected papers written by a series of eminent European and American scholars with a background in ancient and contemporary art, symbolic thinking, semiotics, and archaeological imagination, with the intention of introducing new arguments and discussions into the emerging art-archaeology discourse. The book is composed of three parts: “Art and the ancient mind”, “Experiencing the ancient mind”, and “Exploring the act of creation”.

Table of Contents

On Art, Archaeology and Imagination - Dragos Gheorghiu
PART I Art and the Ancient Mind
Reveries and Representations of the Magic of Being - Roberta Robin Dods
Catching the Ephemeral – Aesthetic Characteristics of Art - Torill Christine Lindstrøm
The Symbolic Artefact: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in Archaeology - Dr. Andrea
PART II Experiencing the Ancient Mind
Replicating the Prehistoric Artisans Mindset - Jacqui Wood
A Deep and Powerful Approach to the Sound Dimension of Painted Caves and Rocks -
Iegor Reznikoff
Experiencing ritual. The case of Barclodiad-Y-Gawres, Wales - Dragoş Gheorghiu
The Demography of Art - Ezra B. W. Zubrow
Modernity and Landscape through Art: Deconstructing the Mindset of British
Contemporary Artist James Isherwood - George Nash

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