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From Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper to Francis Bacon's Screaming Pope, 22 key works are analyzed at full-page size in terms of composition, story, and techniques. What the artists did to create each work -- and how -- is revealed with the help of graphics, overlays, and detailed close-ups. Never before has it been so easy to understand artistic aims and methods. Interspersed through the book, double-page features show how different artists have approached the same popular themes. Covering subjects as diverse as love, war, work, and children, these beautiful galleries show how attitudes, styles, and techniques change from one era and culture to another. More than 2,500 works of art are reproduced in Art's stunning chronological catalog. Collaborating with Bridgeman Art Library, the world's most comprehensive source of culture and historical art images, Art brings the world's best images into your home.
Remember that art history class you took in college? Well, if you're a bit fuzzy on your ancient artifacts, Florentine frescoes, Klee, Klimt or Kandinsky, pick up Art and you'll need strong biceps to do it. This stupendous compendium explores everything to do with artistic expression: use of color, composition and medium; theory and technique; themes, schools and movements, artworks and artists. Kicked off by a small poetic essay by Ross King (Brunelleschi's Dome), a team of international art experts offers a crash course in art appreciation, then leads readers through six chronological sections (from prehistory to contemporary) devoted to pre-eminent artworks and artists. Chock-full of gorgeous color reproductions and images, helpful timelines, detailed close-ups, artists' biographies, and with histories and explanations written in clear, concise prose, Art is a standout book for any student or aficionado, a volume King aptly describes as "an admirable feat and a true joy."