Die Geschichte der Schönheit

by Umberto Eco (Editor)

Other authorsFriederike Hausmann (Translator), Martin Pfeiffer (Translator)
Hardcover, 2004



Call number

IV 25480 G389



München Wien Hanser 2004


"This volume, with supplements and adaptations, derives from the CD-rom Bellezza, storia di un'idea dell'occident, edited by Umberto Eco, produced by Motta On Line in 2002"--T.p. verso.

User reviews

LibraryThing member vpfluke
This is a beautiful book that I thought I woould just quickly browse through. But as I began to read it more intently, I relished not only the descriptions that Eco adjoins to the various eras of Western art he covers, but also the numerous quotations from various authors, philosphers, and artist
Show More
themselves as to the import of various topics Eco unfolds. It's intriguing to read the contents of such chaper headings as "architectonic proportion," "conformity with purpose," "ugliness as a requirement for beauty," "heroes, bodies, and ruins," and so forth. Eco gives a little short shrift to the modern era, otherwsie this is a marvelous book.
Show Less
LibraryThing member TheIdleWoman
A collection of images and literary extracts about beauty and beautiful things. This is the kind of book to dip into now and again to see how different times and cultures have approached the idea of beauty. But just one word of caution: be aware that it's quite expensive and fundamentally a pretty
Show More
coffee-table book - this is a selection of snippets which has been put together by Eco, not written by him.
Show Less


Original language


Original publication date

2004 (original Italian)
2004 (English translation)

Physical description

438 p.; 25 cm


3446204784 / 9783446204782
Page: 0.8668 seconds