Postures : body language in art / Desmond Morris.

"Every time an artist portrays a human subject, a decision has to be made about the posture of the figure. Will they be standing, sitting or reclining? Smiling, screaming or weeping? Will they be clasping their hands, crossing their arms or raising their fist? For the first time, celebrated sur...

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Main Author: Morris, Desmond (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: London ; New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2019.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Greetings. The hail ; The handshake ; The embrace ; The bow and the curtsey ; Kneeling ; Prostration
  • Blessings. The laying on of hands ; The Latin and Orthodox blessings ; Buddhist blessings ; The Vulcan blessing
  • Status. The erect posture ; The double-split hand ; The hidden hand ; The dominant elbow ; The codpiece ; The pointed foot ; The bent body ; Uninhibited actions and urban squalor
  • Insults. Making a face ; The tongue-out ; The nose-thumb ; Finger gestures ; Hand gestures ; The forearm jerk ; Mooning
  • Threats. The raised fist ; The air-grasp ; The threat-face ; The glove-slap ; Symbolic threat gestures
  • Distress. Weeping ; Mourning ; Agony ; Terror ; Disgust ; Symbolic distress
  • Self-protection. Fleeing ; Surrender ; Armour ; Cut-off ; Body-cross ; Arms folded ; Arms akimbo ; Fingers crossed ; Protective cornuta ; Tattoos ; The veil
  • The erotic. The nude ; The female breast ; The fig-leaf
  • The sexual embrace ; The erotic kiss ; Bondage
  • At rest. Legs crossed ; Squatting ; Leaning ; Lying down ; Rocking ; Yawning ; Sleeping.