Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters

Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters

by Robert Beverly Hale, Terence Coyle
     
 

Author Robert Beverly Hale turns to some of the world's greatest figure draftsmen to teach the fundamentals of figure drawing and artistic anatomy. One hundred drawings by such artistic giants as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rembrandt, and many others, are faithfully reproduced and analyzed for the basic principles they exemplify. 100 plates. 200 diagrammatic drawings.  See more details below

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Author Robert Beverly Hale turns to some of the world's greatest figure draftsmen to teach the fundamentals of figure drawing and artistic anatomy. One hundred drawings by such artistic giants as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rembrandt, and many others, are faithfully reproduced and analyzed for the basic principles they exemplify. 100 plates. 200 diagrammatic drawings.

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KLIATT
This paperback edition of the 1977 book compiled by Terence Coyle is based on lectures given by the well-known drawing instructor Robert Beverly Hale over the course of many years of teaching at the Art Students League of New York. This classic work teaches artistic anatomy by reproducing and analyzing 100 drawings by great drawing masters including Michelangelo, Durer, Rembrandt, and more than 30 others. The drawings are grouped into eight sections, each focusing on a single area of the body: the ribcage, the pelvis and thigh, the knee and lower leg, the foot, the shoulder girdle, the arm, the hand, and the neck and head. Each drawing in the group faces a mapped line drawing keyed to detailed anatomical explanations. While the terminology used on these pages may overwhelm younger students, serious students of figure drawing will find these analytical observations to be extremely useful in advancing their own understanding of the subject. The advantage of using actual drawings in conjunction with the 30 highly detailed anatomical reference plates that follow is twofold: Not only are students presented with images similar to those that would be observed in live models, but they are introduced to three dozen superb artists drawn from nearly five centuries of art history. The book concludes with a detailed index and an extensive list of suggested readings on anatomy and figure drawing. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Watson-Guptill, 272p. illus. bibliog. index., $19.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Rhonda Cooper; Dir., Univ. Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
Library Journal
It's rare to find good, comprehensive books on drawing the anatomy. Each of these the first, the return of a classic; the second, a focused study; and the third, lessons from the masters deserves a place on library shelves. Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There, he originated a system of drawing known as "constructive anatomy." In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume, with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet. Fairley's book concentrates on those troublesome extremities hands and feet. Sketchbook exercises are followed by eight detailed painting demonstrations in watercolor, oil, and other media. Fairley then continues on to portraits in which variations in age, skin tone, composition, mood, and movement are integrated. Advanced students will find Hale and Coyle's Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters a rich source of inspiration. Hale, like Bridgman, was one of the great teachers at the Art Students' League. His student, Coyle, gathered together Hale's famous lectures to produce this compendium. Hale drew on principles found in 100 masterpieces by such artists as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael, D rer, Titian, and Rembrandt. In 1995, Giovanni Civardi's trilogy Drawing Human Anatomy (Sterling, 1995), Drawing the Female Nude (Sterling, 1995), and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96. o.p.) reached a high standard for good, basic books in this genre. These three surpass Civardi's works and are highly recommended for serious artists and comprehensive library collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Students of figure drawing will be pleased to have access to this paperbound reprint of the 1977 work, which itself was a sequel to Hale's famous . One hundred masterpieces of figure drawing are analyzed in anatomical terms to convey the knowledge of bones, musculature, and proportion that the Old Masters incorporated into their work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823002221
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1977
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.57(w) x 11.35(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Beverly Hale was America’s best-known teacher of figure/anatomy drawing during his long years as an instructor at the Art Students League and other fine institutions. The late master also curated American paintings and sculpture for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Terence Coyle, an artist and respected teacher whose work is exhibited often and included in many notable collections, homes in New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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