The World's Most Influential Painters... and the Artists They Inspired

The World's Most Influential Painters... and the Artists They Inspired

by David Gariff, Eric Denker, Dennis P. Weller
     
 


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This fascinating book provides a unique and accessible introduction to the history of art by examining the hidden connections among 50 extraordinary painters who established or redefined movements and traditions.

For each artist, you will discover his major sources of inspiration, including recent and distant contemporaries, as well as

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This fascinating book provides a unique and accessible introduction to the history of art by examining the hidden connections among 50 extraordinary painters who established or redefined movements and traditions.

For each artist, you will discover his major sources of inspiration, including recent and distant contemporaries, as well as cultural and political influences. Key works are examined in detail with attention to defining characteristics, innovative features, and lasting impact on future generations of artists and designers.

Themed “family treesâ€? reveal connections among artists and movements from different erasâ€"idealists, realists, naturalists, expressionists, and othersâ€"and clearly show how the different threads of influence and inspiration have become woven into the rich tapestry of Western art.

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More than just another survey of art history, this heavily illustrated volume reveals the often surprising cross-influences among 50 of the world’s most important painters. Enlightening illustrated spreads present “family treesâ€? of influence and time lines, each focusing on a major artist or school of art. Author David Gariff then goes on to point out artists and art movements that the painter under discussion inspiredâ€"often many generations after his own lifetime. Just a few among the artists examined in this volume are Johannes Vermeer, Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht D¼rer, Michelangelo, and many others. Approximately 225 color illustrations include reproductions of the famous works being discussed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Gariff is an art historian and lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member teaching art history at The Catholic University of America. His special areas are the Italian Renaissance and modern and contemporary art.

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"the quintessential nonfiction book for children. This book is rich in detail, color and content. It is sure to prompt numerous re-readings."

-- Ann M. G. Gray, Library Media Connection, October 2008

VOYA - Christina Fairman
A lack of artists from outside of America and Europe undercuts the title of this survey, which offers brief sketches of fifty western painters from the standard art history canon. Each painter appears chronologically in a separate chapter. A time line for each artist lists people and events that influenced him or her, along with people who gained inspiration from the artist. Three to four short columns describe why the artist is significant. Most chapters also highlight formal elements of one key work by each painter. An index lists the artists mentioned, whether or not they have their own chapter. This well-researched book is an ambitious attempt to condense more than 700 years of western painting into a limited number of glossy pages. As a result, readers frequently encounter passing observations that will mean almost nothing to those who are not experienced in art history. For example, one reads that "Carracci's exploration of Classical and Renaissance prototypes reinforced both the formal and thematic aspects of Poussin's art." There is, however, no painting by Carracci in the survey to explain this very broad observation. It is a typical difficulty encountered throughout the book. The lack of a glossary further hinders readers who might not know the variety of frequently used art terms. Finally many crucial political and religious events, including the Reformation and the Counter Reformation, receive inadequate attention. Narrowing the time line of the book would have offered the author more freedom to explore these important painters and events in greater detail. Reviewer: Christina Fairman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764160882
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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