Synopses & Reviews
Filled withand#160;great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world.and#160;As inand#160;the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, with numerous large details. Here, 180 works illuminate key ideas in Renaissance painting, from "perpective"and#160;andand#160;"the golden section" to "grace" and "symbolism."and#160;In addition, there are brief biographies of theand#160;major artists. The result is an original, accessible, and affordable volume that offers an introductionand#160;into the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance.
Todays artists create work thats challenging, complicated, and often perplexing, and this book offers a guide to understanding—and enjoying—the wide range of works on display in museums and galleries worldwide. How to Read Contemporary Art provides a thoughtful, accessible, and lavishly illustrated look at the ever-changing world of art at the beginning of the 21st century. Organized alphabetically, the book encompasses photography, installation, sculpture, painting, video art, performance, and more. Author Michael Wilson explores the impact of a broad selection of the most prominent artists at work around the world today, including Francis Alÿs, Allora & Calzadilla, Luc Tuymans, and Marina Abramović.
About the Author
Michael Wilson is an editor and writer on art and visual culture who has written for Artforum and Art in America. He has a masters degree from the Royal College of Art and an MFA from the University of Ulster. He lives in Brooklyn.