Author(s): Martin Kemp
Informative, funny, sad, and surprising by turns, this is the first book to look at all the main types of visual icon, taking eleven mega-famous examples, from Christ to the Coke bottle, to see how they arose and how they continue to function.
Ostensibly dedicated to how an image becomes an icon, this fascinating book is mostly about how a well-trained, curious mind pusues its many enthusiasms and examines its place in time and history. ARTnews an excellent present for erudite friends - Literary Review
Preface and Acknowledgements; List of Plates; Introduction; 1. Christ. The True Icon; 2. The Cross; 3. The Heart; 4. The Lion; 5. Mona Lisa; 6. Che; 7. Napalmed and Naked; 8. Stars and Stripes; 9. Coke. The Bottle; 10. DNA; 11. E=mc2; 12. Fuzzy Formulas