Dimensions: 408 pages, 9.52 × 6.94 × 1.17 in
Published: November 17, 2009
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0847832961
ISBN - 13: 9780847832965
About the Book
Reflecting on the enormous trove of human achievements at the Louvre, bestselling author and philosopher Eco embarks on an investigation of the phenomenon of cataloging and collecting. From medieval reliquaries to Andy Warhol's compulsive collecting, Eco shows how such catalogues mirror the spirit of their times.
From the Publisher
Best-selling author and philosopher Umberto Eco is
currently resident at the Louvre, and his chosen theme of study is
"the vertigo of lists." Reflecting on this enormous trove of human
achievements, in his lyrical intellectual style he has embarked on
an investigation of the phenomenon of cataloging and collecting.
This book, featuring lavish reproductions of artworks from the
Louvre and other world-famous collections, is a philosophical and
artistic sequel to Eco's recent acclaimed books, History of
Beauty and On Ugliness, books in which he delved into the
psychology, philosophy, history, and art of human forms. Eco is a
modern-day Diderot, and here he examines the Western mind's
predilection for list-making and the encyclopedic. His central
thesis is that in Western culture a passion for accumulation is
recurring: lists of saints, catalogues of plants, collections of
art. This impulse has recurred through the ages from music to
literature to art. Eco refers to this obsession itself as a
"giddiness of lists" but shows how in the right hands it can be a
"poetics of catalogues." From medieval reliquaries to Andy Warhol's
compulsive collecting, Umberto Eco reflects in his inimitably
inspiring way on how such catalogues mirror the spirit of their
About the Author
Umberto Eco, semiotician at the University of
Bologna, is widely known as one of the finest living authors whose
best-selling novels include The Name of the Rose,
Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day
Before, and Baudolino.
"Eco''s short and often pithy chapter introductions, the gorgeous
displays of exemplary art, and the generous experts from original
texts are a tour de force of curation."
"....a very beautifully produced illustrated volume from
Rizzoli, and there's a positively Millerian moment in it."
"...a splendidly illustrated monograph, The Infinity of Lists:
An Illustrated Essay (Rizzoli) ...is, in essence, a tour
through art, literature, and music based on the theme of lists, an
investigation of the phenomenon of cataloging and collecting.
Additionally, Eco maintains that the impulse to accumulate, to
collect, is a reoccurring passion in Western culture."
-The Morning News