A compendium of beggars’ depictions as imagined across visual cultures, this artist’s book by Büttner examines the fraught associations of poverty in relation to art history, theology and the politics of social benefits. Notions of shame, vulnerability and dignity correspond with featured reproductions of the artist’s woodcut series on the same subject. This publication also draws from Büttner’s extensive research at the Warburg Institute in London including sixteenth-century vignettes from the Liber Vagatorum and iconographies of shepherds and kings from nativity scenes.
Publisher: Buchhandlung Walther König, 2018
Texts: Anne Carson, Christopher P. Heuer and Linda Nochlin
24 x 17 x 2.5 cm, 308 pages, 129 colour illustrations, softcover
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