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Sleep in Art: How Artists Portrayed Sleep and Dreams in the Last 7,000 Years

Cover of the book titled "Sleep in Art."

Dr. Meir Kryger, professor of medicine (pulmonary) and clinical professor of nursing

This illustrated book describes how artists from Rubens to Picasso to Matisse to Hockney painted people sleeping. Sleep, the author contends, has a relatively unexplored history in art. It has significance for virtually every culture in every era of history. The book is an intersection between art and science. It contains over 300 full-color images by some of the world’s greatest artists. Sleep is deeply personal, the author writes. It can be emblematic of health, rest, sex, spirituality, sloth, dreams, the subconscious, the private, and the public.

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