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One Hundred Great Paintings

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The National Gallery in London houses one of the richest collections of Western European paintings in the world, ranging from the 13th to the 20th century. In this beautiful book, one hundred of the greatest works from the collection, each by a different artist, are presented in chronological order, and accompanied by a lively, informative text and full-page color reproductions.

From the earliest—a remnant of an Italian altarpiece dating from around 1265—to the most recent—Paul ...

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Overview

The National Gallery in London houses one of the richest collections of Western European paintings in the world, ranging from the 13th to the 20th century. In this beautiful book, one hundred of the greatest works from the collection, each by a different artist, are presented in chronological order, and accompanied by a lively, informative text and full-page color reproductions.

From the earliest—a remnant of an Italian altarpiece dating from around 1265—to the most recent—Paul Cézanne’s great Bathers, of about 1894–1905—each painting has been carefully chosen for the unique significance it holds; whether representing a particular artist, place or time, or simply for its beauty and the pleasure it provides to the viewer. The painters featured here include some of the most famous names in European art—Duccio, Giotto, Dürer, Holbein, van Eyck, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Goya, Caravaggio, Claude, Poussin, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rousseau, and Van Gogh—and some of the most iconic paintings in the world—The Wilton Diptych, The Arnolfini Portrait, The Ambassadors, and Sunflowers.

These selected highlights introduce some of the most inspiring paintings ever made. The reader can dip in to explore individual paintings, or read from cover to cover for a full survey.

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Editorial Reviews

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London's National Gallery opened in 1824, later than most other major European museums, and without a royal or private starter donation. However, today it holds one of the world's finest collections, with remarkable breadth and depth, of European paintings. Govier (MLA Museums Clore Leadership Fellow) and the gallery's staff include works to mark each era's milestones and limit the book to one piece by each selected artist to offer just a glimpse into the collection's riches. From Duccio to Leonardo, Goya to Holbein, and Rousseau to Cézanne, the catalog examines the historical settings, social implications, and techniques of the artists. The catalog entries include references to other works by the same artist in the collection, an indication of the extent of the gallery's holdings. VERDICT This work is only the very tip of the iceberg, but it will whet the appetites of first-time viewers and seasoned visitors. A quick view of a massive collection, well produced with excellent illustrations, it is for general readers rather than specialists.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857094930
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Govier was formerly Adult Learning Manager at the National Gallery and is currently the MLA Museums Clore Leadership Fellow. She has written several books and films which offer engaging ways to explore the National Gallery’s collection, including The National Gallery: A Visitor’s Guide.

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