How to Read A Painting

How to Read A Painting

Lessons From the Old Masters

Book - 2004
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Clues to the meaning of many of the masterpieces of art history lie in a rich system of symbols, themes, and motifs that often eludes modern museum-goers. The intimate knowledge of Christian theology, Greek and Roman mythology, and folklore that was so vivid in the minds of viewers during the Renaissance is rarely part of the preparation the contemporary viewer brings to a painting. This insightful, anecdotal, portable book, with 1,000 gorgeous color illustrations, helps to fill in those gaps by decoding th imagery of more than 150 of the most influential and admired artworks of all time.
Covering the works of the Italian, Netherlandish, German, and Spanish Old Masters, from 1450 to 1750, paintings by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, El Greco, Bruegel, Holbein, Rubens, and Vermeer, all held in public collections, How to Read a Painting" not only helps the viewer to understand the significant details of a picture but also explains the relationship with similar imagery in other works. The guide to Old Master paintings that every art lover has always wanted, this indispensable museum companion will open the reader to a whole new experience of Western art's most praised and visited paintings.
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, c2004
ISBN: 9780810955769
Branch Call Number: 753.09 H83 2004
Characteristics: 383 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Rynck, Patrick de 1963-


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Jun 14, 2017

This book breaks down the symbols and thematic elements of over 100 Old Master paintings in a chronological order. Very interesting and informative book if you are interested in the subject or planning a trip to any major art museums.


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