Art As Therapy

Hardcover | October 14, 2013

byAlain De Botton, John Armstrong

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What is art''s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and - above all else - therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusions of everyday life. Chapters on Love, Nature, Money, and Politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties - for example, Vermeer''sGirl Reading a Letterhelps us focus on what we want to be loved for; Serra''sFernando Pessoareminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; and Manet''sBunch of Asparagusteaches us how to preserve and value our long‐term partners.Art as Therapyoffers an unconventional perspective, demonstrating how art can guide us, console us, and help us better understand ourselves.

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" What is art''s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and - above all else - therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusion...

" Alain de Botton (b.1969) is the author of bestselling books in more than 30 countries, including The Consolations of Philosophy , How Proust Can Change Your Life , Status Anxiety , and most recently Religion for Atheists . He founded The School of Life in London in 2008, which supplies good ideas for everyday life in the form of courses, classes, workshops and talks. In 2009 he founded Living Architecture, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1 inPublished:October 14, 2013Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0714865915

ISBN - 13:9780714865911

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