Synopses & Reviews
Decode the mysterious symbolism that can make even the most familiar paintings elusive! Discover the refreshingly new approach to art appreciation in Art. Using detailed annotation of 45 works from the world's greatest artists, Art provides a deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of the masterpieces of painting. Great Art Made Accessible. This fascinating book takes an original approach to interpreting the lost language of art, using annotation to highlight everything you need to know to appreciate the world's favorite paintings, from Botticelli's The Birth of Venus to Picasso's Guernica. Art explains the artist's techniques and intentions and clarifies the meaning of obscure subjects, decoding the mysterious symbolism that can make even the most familiar painting elusive. Art is like a gallery full of the world's most spectacular paintings, including the devotional icons of the Gothic period and early Renaissance and the awe-inspiring achievements of the High Renaissance. It shows the splendor of the Baroque and Rococo, and scrutinizes the drama of the Neoclassicists and the Romantics. The enchantment of the Impressionist school and the complexities of the Cubist movement are also revealed in glowing color. Biographical notes on the artist place each work in its true personal and historical context. The book's generous size and faithful color reproduction allow every painting to be displayed accurately and in detail. At last, art lovers can truly enter the world of their favorite paintings.
Art provides a deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of 45 works from the world's greatest artists.
About the Author
Robert Cumming is chairman of Christie's Education, London. He joined Christie's in 1978 to launch its first art history course for undergraduate and postgraduate students; today Christie's runs a wide variety of courses at all levels in London, Scotland, and New York. Robert Cumming studies law and art history at Cambridge University, and prior to joining Christie's he worked in the education department of the Tate Gallery. His books have won several international awards and include Just Look, Just Imagine, and Looking into Paintings.
Table of Contents
Looking at Paintings What Makes a Masterpiece? Giotto Fra Angelico van Eyck van der Weyden Piero Uccello Botticelli Bosch Leonardo Giogione Michelangelo Raphael Gruewald Titian Holbein Bruegel El Greco Caravaggio Rubens Rembrandt Poussin Steenwyck Claude Velazquez Vermeer Watteau Canaletto Chardin Gainsborough Wright of Derby David Turner Goya Gericault Constable Hunt Courbet Money Degas Renoir Manet Seurat van Gogh Cezanne Picasso Glossary Index Acknowledgments/Picture Credits