The Paintings That Revolutionized Art

July 20, 2019 - Comment

What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of illuminated manuscript? Why is Durer’s self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner’s Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? What’s so great about Jasper John’s Flag? And who was Whistler’s mother, anyway? Art history is filled with paintings that shocked, intrigued, enraged

What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of illuminated manuscript? Why is Durer’s self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner’s Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? What’s so great about Jasper John’s Flag? And who was Whistler’s mother, anyway? Art history is filled with paintings that shocked, intrigued, enraged and mystified their audiences – paintings that exemplified the period in which they were created and forever changed the way we think. Here, one hundred examples of these icons of art are presented in beautiful, high-quality reproductions. Each double-page spread features lavish illustrations and details as well as engaging texts that explain why the painting belongs in the pantheon of world-changing art., Published in association with the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt.

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Anonymous says:

Don’t hesitate to buy this book if you want to start appreciating Art. I stumbled on this book in the library and knew immediately I had to own my own copy. It is a glorious book with a varied choice of chronologically arranged artworks. Of course, it is a subjective choice by the author but is a joy to hold, look at and read. There is a full description of each paining, a comment by a person of note and a biography of the artist. Additionally, the book contains useful and essential glossaries of artistic terms linked to the relevant work, and artistic movements. It is so pleasurable, accessible and readable; an ideal book for a beginner like myself or anyone who wants to better understand paintings.

Anonymous says:

Less revolutionary and more incremental change Approx A4 size book containing 100 images of paintings. Many of them are less revolutionary and more incremental change. Spends too long mired in the medieval (presumably for copyright reasons) and less in the last 200 years with very little coverage on Turner, Bauhaus, impressionism etc etc. Text is readable and accessible. Reproduction quality is good.

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