Illustrated with mythological, neoclassical and romantic masterpieces, spa/travel posters of the "Belle Epoque" and other popular period advertising art, as well as contemporary photographs, this book traces the evolution of spas. Opening with prehistoric sacred springs and Roman baths, it moves on to the fabulous watering holes of elite society in Europe, Asia and the US, including such legendary spas as Evian and Vichy in France; Baden Baden in Germany; Baden and Badragaz in Switzerland; Spa in Belgium; Marienbad in Czechoslovakia; Bath in Britain; Montecatini Terme, San Pellegrino and Salsomaggiore in Italy; Beppu and Fukata in Japan and Saratoga and Calistoga in the US. By way of prelude to this history of health-seeking and hedonism, "Taking the Waters" dives into the mythological and religious history of water - including water deities, sprites, mermaid, ritual baths, sacred rivers - and concludes by bringing this most universal of subjects up to date with a guide to the world's most exclusive spas such as the Golden Door and Cal A Vie in the US and Rancho La Puerta in Mexico.
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Croutier ( Harem ) visited many of the world's famed spas, including Evian in France and Baden-Baden in Germany. Her tour of watering places from California to Switzerland is the core of this charming, copiously illustrated volume, which accentuates the role of spas as therapeutic havens, hedonistic retreats and oases of artistic creativity. She opens with a look at water's mythical associations; nymphs, mermaids, sacred springs, Venus/Aphrodite and water monsters (like the plesiosaurs said to swim in Loch Ness) get their due. Croutier surveys bottled waters, warns of pollution and global overconsumpton of H2O HO and samples water motifs in art, literature, movies and plays. She devotes short, entertaining sections to water rituals, rainmaking, music inspired by water, dowsing, fountains. Paintings by Botticelli, Klimt, Turner, Degas and Picasso as well as photographs and posters are featured in 140 plates (60 in color). BOMC and QPB selections.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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