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Figures of speech or Figures of ThoughtCollected Essays on the traditional or' Normal' view of art: Second Seies

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Item Code: IAB84
Author: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788121501781
Pages: 256
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 440 gm
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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought is a collection of seventeen essays dealing with a specific 'aspect or application of the traditional theory of art'. Each essay takes up for discussion such topics as rhetoric, aesthetics, medieval theories, role of ornament in art icons and spectator, reason and intuition, symbolism, intention, imitation Buddhist art, Indian painting, pictorial relief, primitive art etc. Every chapter is provided with references and exhaustive notes.

The compact and concise argument, valuable notes and references and judicious choice of subjects make this a handy reference as well as text book on theory of art. All those connected with art shall find this book a priceless one to their collection.




  1. Figures of speech or figures of thought 
 2. The mediaeval theory of beauty 
 3. Ornament
  4. Ars Sine Scientia Nihil 
 5. The meeting of eyes
  6. Shaker furniture 
 7. Literary symbolism  
8. Intention 
 9. Imitation, expression, and participation 
 10. The intellectual operation in Indian art
  11. The nature of Buddhist art 
 12. Samvega, aesthetic shock  
13. An early passage on Indian painting 
 14. Some references to pictorial relief  
15. Primitive mentality 
 16. Notes on savage art 
 17. Symptom, diagnosis, and regimen 
 18. Walter Andrae : on the life of symbols.



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