Narrative: National Gallery Pocket Guide

Narrative: National Gallery Pocket Guide

by Erika Langmuir
     
 

Every painting evokes stories, often as many stories as it has spectators. Yet the stories are not necessarily those the artists meant to tell. Narrative paintings, explains Erika Langmuir, become harder for spectators to understand when they are shown out of their original context. Over time, viewers become less familiar with the literature and artistic conventions… See more details below

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Every painting evokes stories, often as many stories as it has spectators. Yet the stories are not necessarily those the artists meant to tell. Narrative paintings, explains Erika Langmuir, become harder for spectators to understand when they are shown out of their original context. Over time, viewers become less familiar with the literature and artistic conventions of the past, and when painters draw on more wide-ranging and obscure sources, the narrative structures embedded in visual art are frequently left unexplored. In this beautifully illustrated Pocket Guide, Langmuir familiarizes the modern viewer with some of the best or most intriguing examples of Western narrative painting. She examines the different styles of narrative painting and demonstrates how narrative pictures evolved, how they differ from others that only seem to convey stories—and how viewers' irrepressible tendency to make up stories eventually helped to erode that difference.

Author Biography: Erika Langmuir, formerly Head of Education at the National Gallery, is the author of the best-selling National Gallery Companion Guide and coauthor of The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists. She has written several other titles in the successful Pocket Guide series, including Allegory, Landscape, Saints and Still Life.

Published by the National Gallery Company and distributed by Yale University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857092578
Publisher:
National Gallery London
Publication date:
04/20/2003
Series:
National Gallery London Publications
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 4.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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