- Publisher: Thames and Hudson (2022-11-08)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 512 pages
- ISBN-13: 9780500252536
- Item Weight: 691.74 grams
- Dimensions: 9.25 x 6.8 x 1.0 cm
A visual journey from the
minute to the infinite,
exploring the relationships
and harmonies between all
parts of the universe and
contemplation regarding our
place within it.
In The Cosmic Dance, renowned image alchemist Stephen Ellcock presents a panglobal collection of remarkable, arresting, and surprising images drawn from the entire history of art to explore the ancient belief that the cosmos is reflected in all living things. Organized thematically, the visual journey begins with the microscopic, the particulate and the elemental; then explores the human body as a cosmos in miniature, the beauty of divine proportions and our search for spiritual enlightenment; before finally reveling in the colossal, the celestial, and the infinite.
An eloquent introduction provides an overview of the central themes and expert commentaries introduce each section. Detailed captions accompanying select images provide bitesize information on key concepts—from the golden ratio to the Tree of Life and the body politic— while thought-provoking quotations and poems interspersed throughout the artworks prompt a closer, more personal engagement with the images.
This stunning treasury of artworks provides the perfect guide to a deeper contemplation of the world around us, allowing readers, in the words of William Blake, to “see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”
About the Author
Stephen Ellcock is a renowned image-collector whose online cabinet of curiosities—an ever-expanding, virtual museum of art that is open to all via social media—has so far attracted more than 600,000 Instagram and Facebook followers from around the world. His book The Cosmic Dance was published in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.