Flight and the Artistic Imagination

Sam Smiles

Date Published :
July 2012
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Illustration :
50 illustrations
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Accompanying a major exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, this book examines the innate human desire to transcend the limitations of physiology and gravity – and to fly. Through an intriguing combination of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints and video, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, José Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Paul Nash, Peter Lanyon and Hiraki Sawa, the reader will be provided with a unique overview of artists' creative responses to flight, from the earliest imaginings to an era in which space travel has allowed us to glimpse other worlds.

About The Author

Sam Smiles is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter.