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Hersey, George L.

Overview
Works: 104 works in 310 publications in 4 languages and 8,436 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Comedy plays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terminology  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Humor  Guidebooks  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Translator, Author of introduction, zxx, Creator, Editor, Other, Former owner
Classifications: PR3364, 822.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by George L Hersey
The evolution of allure : sexual selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible Hulk by George L Hersey( )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,464 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
High Renaissance art in St. Peter's and the Vatican : an interpretive guide by George L Hersey( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

29 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 723 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 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architecture and geometry in the age of the Baroque by George L Hersey( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 586 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 )

16 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 462 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 )

20 editions published in 1973 in English and German and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monumental impulse : architecture's biological roots by George L Hersey( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 429 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
Possible Palladian villas : (plus a few instructively impossible ones) by George L Hersey( Book )

12 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on Palladio's original published legacy of approximately 40 designs, the authors attempt to reveal the rigorous geometric rules by which Palladio conceived these structures. Using a computer, they test each rule in every possible application
The way of the world by William Congreve( Book )

2 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 358 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
Mediterranean by Mimmo Jodice( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 224 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
Verführung nach Maß Ideal und Tyrannei des perfekten Körpers by George L Hersey( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacrificial ornament = Ornement sacrificiel by Spring Hurlbut( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and French and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2001 in Italian and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 1969 in English and Italian and held by 10 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

The antiquity of the art of painting by Felix da Costa( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The evolution of allure : sexual selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible Hulk
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High Renaissance art in St. Peter's and the Vatican : an interpretive guideThe lost meaning of classical architecture : speculations on ornament from Vitruvius to VenturiArchitecture 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 presentThe monumental impulse : architecture's biological rootsPossible Palladian villas : (plus a few instructively impossible ones)Mediterranean
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-

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 (202)

German (6)

Italian (6)

French (1)