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  • ISBN: 9780262581646
  • ISBN10: 0262581647

The Evolution of Allure: Sexual Selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible Hulk

by Hersey, George A

  • List Price: $18.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publish date: 04/01/1998
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The beauty of the human body has found a daring older in art historian George Hersey, who for the first time brings modern Darwinian theories of sexual selection (mate competition, attractor manipulation, and the like) into the history of art. The Evolution of Allure shows how Western art has channeled mate choice, exploiting the cosmetics, clothes, muscles, organs, and ornaments that showcase the body. From the Medici Venus to Vitruvius, Leonardo, Durer, and the phone-sex goddesses of D-Cup Superstars, Hersey's lively, erotically charged text shows that the formulas set forth by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos have established a Western canon of human gestures and proportions and may have influenced human evolution.
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