Objects on a Table: Harmonious Disarray in Art and Literature



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by Guy Davenport. Published by Counterpoint, Washington, D.C., 1998. First Edition.  Cloth-backed boards. 116pp. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket, crease to spine panel.

Four meditations on the still life by Davenport who blends art history with literary criticism, taking a close look at the iconic and symbolic function of objects and the multiple ways they are represented in culture. Focusing on a genre that is supposedly static, these essays reveal the dynamic forces that motivate and shape the still life, explaining why and how painters have employed this genre to such vital effect.