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by Richard Cork

Download The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals ePub
  • ISBN 030017036X
  • ISBN13 978-0300170368
  • Language English
  • Author Richard Cork
  • Publisher Yale University Press; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Pages 496
  • Formats lit lrf mobi docx
  • Category Different
  • Subcategory Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Size ePub 1813 kb
  • Size Fb2 1992 kb
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Fascinated by the astonishingly rich history of art in hospitals, the well-known critic and art historian Richard Cork has written a brilliant account of the subject. These works, which include masterpieces of Western art, have been produced from Renaissance Florence and Siena to the 20th century. Piero della Francesca made a painting for a hospital in Sansepolcro, as did Hans Memling in Bruges, Matthias Grünewald in Isenheim, El Greco in Toledo, Rembrandt in Amsterdam, William Hogarth in London, Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Marc Chagall in Jerusalem.

The book's sumptuous images offer a rich range of subjects, from Francisco Goya's dramatic confrontations with suffering to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's sublime, airborne celebrations of resurrection and heavenly ecstasy. Some, like Leonardo da Vinci's incisive drawings, are based on uncompromising firsthand study of hospital patients. Others explore a redemptive world where Christ is born, orphans are rescued, and plague victims are given shelter. In this wide-ranging survey, Cork investigates how such artworks have been used to humanize hospitals, to alleviate their clinical bleakness, and to offer genuine, lasting pleasure to patients, staff, and visitors.


Richard Cork begins his exploration of the subject in Siena in the mid 1400's. To enumerate the many varied aspects of hospital art through the ages as presented in this book would require a major essay

Richard Cork begins his exploration of the subject in Siena in the mid 1400's. The idea that hospital patients might benefit from redemptive surroundings was initially an ancient Greek idea and it was adopted by this enlightened city. As the book progresses we read and see examples of decorations in buildings in other areas of Italy and other European countries. To enumerate the many varied aspects of hospital art through the ages as presented in this book would require a major essay. Suffice it to say that anyone interested in art and/or history should enjoy this book immensely.

In 2012, Cork wrote "The Healing Presence of Art", an illustrated history of Western art in hospitals.

In 2012, Cork wrote "The Healing Presence of Art", an illustrated history of Western art in hospitals References. "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 37, 25 March 2014.

These works, which include masterpieces of Western art, have been produced from Renaissance Florence and Siena to the 20th century.

Between birth and death, many of life's most critical moments occur in hospital, and they deserve to take place in surroundings that match their significance. In this spirit, from the early Renaissance through to the modern period, artists have made immensely powerful work in hospitals across the western world, enhancing the environments where patients and medical staff strive towards better health.

Coauthors & Alternates.

Michael Wishart: The Last Works. ISBN 9780953663347 (978-536633-4-7) Softcover, Mayor Gallery, 2005. Find signed collectible books: 'Michael Wishart: The Last Works'. Coauthors & Alternates.

A Mughal miniature of the seventeenth century illustrates the presence of Western ambassadors at the court of India.

A History of Western Art begins by introducing readers to the discipline of art history by first asking and then answering the question "Why do we study the history of art?" I describe the human impulse to create art and consider why people the world over have made art for thousands of years. A Mughal miniature of the seventeenth century illustrates the presence of Western ambassadors at the court of India.

These works, which include masterpiecesof Western art, have been produced from Renaissance Florence and Siena to the 20th century.

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The Healing Presence of Art: A history of Western art in hospitals Richard Cork Yale University Press £50 (978-0-300-17036-8) Church Times Bookshop £45 (Use code CT490 ). RICHARD CORK quotes Florence Nightingale's opinion that hospitals were essentially depressing places; but they were not always s.

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Cordann
When I first encountered hospitals as a medical student in the seventies (in Cape Town, South Africa), I was struck by the blandness of the bare white walls in the large wards. This fascinating book demonstrates that hospitals were not always so undecorated. Richard Cork begins his exploration of the subject in Siena in the mid 1400's. The idea that hospital patients might benefit from redemptive surroundings was initially an ancient Greek idea and it was adopted by this enlightened city. As the book progresses we read and see examples of decorations in buildings in other areas of Italy and other European countries

There is an interesting chapter about the Hotel Dieu hospital in the Netherlands which contained a large altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden. Here the wardroom beds were arranged so the patients were guaranteed a view of this awesome work. On Sundays the altarpiece was opened to reveal the Last Judgement as a lesson to display the consequences of evil behaviour! Also written about is Van Gogh's stay in a hospital in Arles.

To enumerate the many varied aspects of hospital art through the ages as presented in this book would require a major essay. Suffice it to say that anyone interested in art and/or history should enjoy this book immensely. There are numerous generously sized, high quality color illustrations of the associated art works. While you may enjoy these illustrations, I suspect you will be compelled to read the text far more than that contained in the average art book.
Dorilune
Cork has done a marvelous job of research and thinking about this neglected specialty. As another reviewer mentions, there is very little art in today's hospitals, and most of it is mediocre. But this was not always the case! A fascinating book.