Atlas of Emotion

Atlas of Emotion:Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film

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An award-winning cultural history of how we experience the world through art, film and architecture

Atlas of Emotion is a highly original endeavour to map a cultural history of spatio-visual arts. In an evocative montage of words and pictures, emphasises that “sight” and “site” but also “motion” and “emotion” are irrevocably connected. In so doing, Giuliana Bruno touches on the art of Gerhard Richter and Annette Message, the film making of Peter Greenaway and Michelangelo Antonioni, the origins of the movie palace and its precursors, and her own journeys to her native Naples. Visually luscious and daring in conception, Bruno opens new vistas and understandings at every turn.


  • One of those critical works packed with learning and insights that at the same time takes you on an exhilarating ride through its author's imagination

    Marina WarnerGuardian
  • A hugely ambitious mapping of the complex intertwinings of film, architecture, and the body. This adventurous book will be of interest to anyone concerned with what we might call ‘mobility studies': the attempt to understand cultural performances not as the manifestation of fixed structures but as the expression of restless energies.

    Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University
  • In this astonishingly provocative, captivating, tender, elegant, and passionate non chronological, interdisciplinary book, Bruno connects splendidly a psychogeography of cultural life. . . She takes the readers through a poetico-scholarly and picturesque journey—a visual travelogue, based both on philosophical theories and erudite conjectures. . . . Bruno writes like an expressionist painter, who deeply captures the invisible and the instantaneous.