The Book of the Wind

The Representation of the Invisible

Alessandro Nova

"How is it possible to represent what is not seen?" This question pushes art history into collaboration with other disciplines - from philosophy to literature.

In "The Book of the Wind" Alessandro Nova has selected texts and images to create a history of the wind that illustrates his belief that the artistic representation of the invisible, the metaphorical nature of the phenomenon, and the challenge it presents for perception require increasing our inner world through an expansion of our perceptual horizon.

The wind - a natural phenomenon both salutary and injurious - has inspired myths, literary texts, and works of art in every era and place. "The Book of the Wind" offers a contemporary and original reflection on one of the most intriguing questions in art history - how can the immaterial be depicted?

McGill-Queen's University Press, Kingston 2011

224 pages full colour
hardbound with jacket
ISBN 978-0-7735-3833-7

First published by Ultreya as "Il Libro del Vento"
Ultreya, Milano 2007

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