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Hersey, George L.

Overview
Works: 80 works in 242 publications in 4 languages and 8,230 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terminology  Drama  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Humor 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, zxx
Classifications: PR3364, 822.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by George L Hersey
High Renaissance art in St. Peter's and the Vatican : an interpretive guide by George L Hersey( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lost meaning of classical architecture : speculations on ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi by George L Hersey( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High Victorian Gothic; a study in associationism by George L Hersey( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of allure : sexual selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible Hulk by George L Hersey( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and German and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beauty of the human body has long fascinated art historian George Hersey. In The Evolution of Allure this interest takes a novel turn: for the first time, Hersey brings together modern Darwinian theories of sexual selection (male competition, attractor manipulation, and the like) with art history. By channeling a general preference for normative proportions, he argues, art has shaped Western society's sexual choices and reproductive goals while also giving rise to normative body types that link physiological drives to aesthetic impulses. From the Greek Venus Pudica (a form and pose most familiar in the Medici Venus), to any number of subsequent portraits, to the phone-sex goddesses of D-Cup Superstars, Hersey's lively, erotically charged text shows how Western art and popular culture exploit the attractors (the cosmetics, clothes, and ornament that showcase the body) with which people make themselves more alluring or "selectable" to potential mates. He discusses the mathematical mapping of the selectable body itself and the formulas set forth by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos that have been preserved, through Vitruvius, Leonardo, Durer, and others, down to the present. Victorian teachings wrapped these canons in Aryan racial theories about sexual selectability, and this in turn had its influence on early modern physical anthropology. Chapters on Francis Galton, Cesare Lombroso, Max Nordau, W.H. Sheldon's Infamous "posture pictures," and the Nazi theorist Paul Schultze-Naumburg deal with the fear of biological decadence that certain art (by Rembrandt, Rodin, Whistler) was thought to encourage. Hersey concludes with an excursus on the current hyperdevelopment of bodily attractors, as exemplified in the likes of body builders, Batman, and the Incredible Hulk
Architecture and geometry in the age of the Baroque by George L Hersey( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The age of the Baroque, a time when great strides were made in science and mathematics, witnessed the construction of some of the world's most magnificent buildings. What did the work of great architects such as Bernini, Blondel, Guarini, and Wren have to do with Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, Desargues, and Newton? In Architecture and Geometry in the Age of the Baroque, George Hersey explores the ways in which Baroque architecture, with its dramatic shapes and playful experimentation with classical forms, reflects the scientific thinking of the time. He introduces us to a concept of geometry that encompassed much more than the science we know today, one that included geometrics (number and shape games) as well as the art of geomancy, or magic and prophecy using shapes and numbers."--Jacket
Pythagorean palaces : magic and architecture in the Italian Renaissance by George L Hersey( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alfonso II and the artistic renewal of Naples, 1485-1495 by George L Hersey( Book )

17 editions published in 1969 in 3 languages and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architecture, poetry, and number in the royal palace at Caserta by George L Hersey( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falling in love with statues : artificial humans from Pygmalion to the present by George L Hersey( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Greek statues to porcelain dolls to digital avatars, countless generations of artificial humans have fascinated, seduced, and earned the devotion of their flesh-and-blood creators. Falling in Love with Statues reveals that these relationships have played an instrumental role throughout human history in our efforts to understand, improve, and empower ourselves."--Inside jacket
The Aragonese arch at Naples, 1443-1475 by George L Hersey( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and German and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Possible Palladian villas : (plus a few instructively impossible ones) by George L Hersey( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allows the user to design Palladian villas using the rules found in the book Possible Palladian villas, by George Hersey and Richard Freedman
The way of the world by William Congreve( Book )

1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this expressionistic Restoration comedy man is depicted in a distorted exaggerated fashion in order to make fun of ambition, nobility, idealism and government. It explores the battle for wealth and fortune as well as the search for security and constancy in courtship. This was a major influence on the theatre of the absurd
The monumental impulse : architecture's biological roots by George L Hersey( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Humans owe an immense architectural debt to other species. The first hexagons humans saw may have been in honeycombs, the first skyscrapers termitaries (termite high-rises), and the first tents those of African weaver ants. In The Monumental Impulse, art historian George Hersey investigates many ties between the biological sciences and the building arts. Natural building materials such as wood and limestone, for example, originate in biological processes. Much architectural ornament borrows from botany and zoology. Hersey draws striking analogies between building types and animal species. He examines the relationship between physical structures and living organisms, from bridges to mosques, from molecules to mammals."--Jacket
Mediterranean by Mimmo Jodice( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jodice's deeply original work reveals not only an experimental creative process, but also an informed and unique vision addressing a subject matter - archaeology - that has never before been considered in this way. His particular interpretations of such Classical icons remind us of the continuing impact of the Mediterranean world on our present lives, and reinstill a sense of epic, of adventure, of wonder, and even of providence - all so often missing in contemporary culture. Jodice provides us with a vision of the Mediterranean that is rich and vast, letting symbolic images become links between the experience of diverse peoples, and between ourselves and our distant ancestors
The monumental impulse : architecture's biological roots by George L Hersey( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verführung nach Mass : Ideal und Tyrannei des perfekten Körpers by George L Hersey( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacrificial ornament = Ornement sacrificiel by Spring Hurlbut( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il significato nascosto dell'architettura classica : speculazioni sull'ornato architettonico da Vitruvio a Venturi by George L Hersey( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in Italian and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collaboration in Italian Renaissance art by Wendy Stedman Sheard( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Documentation of the history and restoration of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk, Connecticut( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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High Renaissance art in St. Peter's and the Vatican : an interpretive guide
Alternative Names
George L. Hersey Amerikaans kunsthistoricus (1927-2007)

George L. Hersey US-amerikanischer Kunst- und Architekturhistoriker sowie Kulturwissenschaftler

George Leonard Hersey

Hersey, G.

Hersey, G. L.

Hersey, G. L. 1927-2007

Hersey, George.

Hersey George 1927-2007

Hersey, George L.

Hersey, George L. 1927-

Hersey, George L. (George Leonard), 1927-

Hersey, George Leonard.

Hersey, George Leonard 1927-

Hersey, George Leonard 1927-2007

ハーシー, J

ハーシ, ジョージ

Languages
English (157)

German (6)

Italian (5)

French (1)

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The lost meaning of classical architecture : speculations on ornament from Vitruvius to VenturiThe evolution of allure : sexual selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible HulkArchitecture and geometry in the age of the BaroqueArchitecture, poetry, and number in the royal palace at CasertaFalling in love with statues : artificial humans from Pygmalion to the presentPossible Palladian villas : (plus a few instructively impossible ones)The monumental impulse : architecture's biological rootsMediterraneanThe monumental impulse : architecture's biological roots