WIth full-color illustrations throughoutFrom the best-selling author of Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn and one of our most acclaimed cultural critics, here is an enthralling journey through Western artâ€™s defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucasâ€™s volcano planet duel in Revenge of the Sith.Americaâ€™s premier intellectual provocateur returns to the subject that brought her fame, the great themes of Western art. Passionately argued, brilliantly written, and filled with Pagliaâ€™s trademark audacity, Glittering Images takes us on a tour through more than two dozen seminal images, some famous and some obscure or unknownâ€”paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. She combines close analysis with background information that situates each artist and image within its historical contextâ€”from the stone idols of the Cyclades to an elegant French rococo interior to Jackson Pollockâ€™s abstract Green Silver to RenĂ©e Coxâ€™s daring performance piece Chillinâ€™ with Liberty. And in a stunning conclusion, she declares that the avant-garde tradition is dead and that digital pioneer George Lucas is the worldâ€™s greatest living artist. Written with energy, erudition, and wit, Glittering Images is destined to change the way we think about our high-tech visual environment.