The idea that of 'happiness' is primary to so much civilized cultures. This quantity investigates the various ways that Western paintings visualized the concept that from the early center a while to the current. utilising diverse methodological methods, the essays accumulated the following situate the idea that of human happiness inside of discourses on gender, faith, highbrow lifestyles, politics and 'New-Age' tradition. working as a cultural agent, artwork communicated the assumption of happiness as either a actual and non secular via exploiting particular formulae of illustration. This quantity combines artwork background, cultural analyses and highbrow stories so that it will discover the complexities of iconographic courses that characterize numerous different types of happiness, or its specific absence, and to reveal the consequences embedded within the creative works in query. via leading edge readings, the 10 authors offered within the publication survey diverse creative and/or cultural paradigms and supply new interpretations of happiness or of its absence.
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