Mythos Schönheit Facetten des Schönen in Natur, Kunst und Gesellschaft

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Edited by: Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz, Dr. Gerda Ridler Texts by: Erna Aescht, Ralf Christofori, Petra-Maria Dallinger, Wilhelm Foissner, Martin Gründl, Karin Harrasser, Thomas Macho, Walter Ötsch, Etienne Pluss, Roman Sandgruber, Lothar Schultes, Joachim Scholz, Dagmar Ulm, Anton Voigt, Robert Pfaller, Dr. Gerda Ridler Graphic Design: Gregor Stödtner German 2015, 304 Pages, 382 Ills. Hardcover 305mm x 227mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3984-9
| The beauty of nature and art, grace and dignity, power and mistrust

Beauty is seductive. Beauty is power. True beauty is a myth: as early as in Homer’s Iliad, Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera vied with one another over who was the most beautiful. Yet Paris’s famous decision was suspect—the juror proved to be corrupt in this early casting show. What is considered beautiful is not only a question of taste spanning all epochs and cultures. Scholars, artists, literary figures, and musicians look for the supposedly objective criteria for beauty in nature or the theory of harmony, for example. In contrast, the subjective perception of what is beautiful engenders personal ideals—from Mary Magdalene to the miracles of plastic surgery. All of these facets comprise the myth of beauty that this volume fans out based on selected works from the holdings of the Upper Austrian State Museum in LinzExhibition: Schlossmuseum Linz 6.5.–8.11.2015