Walking and gait A story of the shoe - Exhibition catalogue
From the late Middle Ages to the present day, this book offers a journey through the practical or symbolic functions of footwear and ways of walking, in the West and in non-European cultures.
We will learn that the small foot, symbol of nobility and object of desire, was as appreciated by the French as by the Chinese, that in the 17th century men sacrificed the ease of walking in heels to signify a position of power, that in the 19th century comfort was a sign of a suspicious relaxation for good society, and that at the same time scientific police treaties explained how to unmask a criminal by using footprints in shoes as evidence...
Shoes, walking and gait are changing and specializing as attitudes, medical advances and technological innovations evolve. From children's shoes to ballerina slippers and seven-league boots, this book shows how much they are an expression of a culture and beliefs, a social status and a way of life. The fruit of archaeological excavations or contemporary creation, a practical object or a fantasy, the shoe is studied from every angle in this book, richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, engravings and caricatures.
248 pages / 250 illustrations
- Dimensions :
- 20,8 x 25,7 x 2,6 cm
- Museum :
- Musée d'Orsay
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