Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces

August 9, 2019 - Comment

Great paintings cannot be fully understood in a single encounter; there is always more to be derived from them. Art lovers may revisit and reconsider the masterpieces throughout their lives, but a deeper understanding can only be gained by analysing the painting in detail, be it the placement of the subject, the lighting, the style

Great paintings cannot be fully understood in a single encounter; there is always more to be derived from them. Art lovers may revisit and reconsider the masterpieces throughout their lives, but a deeper understanding can only be gained by analysing the painting in detail, be it the placement of the subject, the lighting, the style of brush strokes or the themes. Art in Detail examines 100 iconic paintings from the Western canon and spotlights the finer points a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal., These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols and artistic tricks employed by the painter to achieve particular effects. In addition, Susie Hodge writes intelligently about external influences on the artist – everything from the socio economic context in which he or she flourished, to smaller local difficulties, such as the level of air pollution at the time the painting was created. And she treats each of her subjects not only, to quote Matthew Arnold, ‘as in itself it really is’, but also as part of a tradition that links the oldest painting to the most recent, as artists pass a metaphorical baton down through the ages.

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Anonymous says:

I enjoyed the wide range of paintings included I’m not an artist or painter, but I bought it for somebody who is an amateur painter, and he appreciated it.I liked the wide selection of paintings, starting from renaissance through to modern art. For somebody who doesn’t know modern art well, I was relieved to learn that most modern art isn’t like Modrian!Hopefully the information on the construction of each painting will help the reader to enjoy paintings more.

Anonymous says:

Great Value Studying Art History, bought second hand great quality, good value in perfect condition very pleased containsall the information I need.

Anonymous says:

Insightful Length:: 2:18 Mins This is a fantastic book for those who want to learn more about paintings from the past, more specifically about the stories and hidden meanings inside the paintings.There are 100 paintings featured in this 432-page hardcover. These paintings are from the pre-1500 to the post-1900 period. Most of the popular and important paintings are included, such as Mona Lisa, The School of Athens, The Ecstasy of St Teresa (sculpture), Ophelia, The…

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