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

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Much more than just another ordinary survey of art history, this absorbing, heavily illustrated volume reveals the always interesting and often surprising cross-influences and connections among 50 of the most important painters in European and American art. Handsome and enlightening illustrated spreads present "trees of influence," each of which focuses on a major artist or significant school of art. Included are time lines, reproductions of paintings, and capsule analyses of the works being discussed. For ...
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Overview


Much more than just another ordinary survey of art history, this absorbing, heavily illustrated volume reveals the always interesting and often surprising cross-influences and connections among 50 of the most important painters in European and American art. Handsome and enlightening illustrated spreads present "trees of influence," each of which focuses on a major artist or significant school of art. Included are time lines, reproductions of paintings, and capsule analyses of the works being discussed. For example, a two-page spread on the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer shows readers
  • Influences on Vermeer's work: Older contemporary artists who inspired him, including Pieter de Hooch, Carel Fabritius, and artists from the city of Utrecht who were influenced by the Italian realist painter Caravaggio. Also influencing Vermeer's work were seventeenth-century advances in lens making that included development of the camera obscura. That device helped artists capture realistic details in their paintings.
  • A Time Line spanning Vermeer's life: Major events from his birth in the city of Delft in 1632 to his death in 1675.
  • Later artists inspired by Vermeer: including twentieth-century painters Edward Hopper and Salvador Dali, as well as filmmakers and composers of our own era.

Other artists and their works are examined in similar detail. They include Piero della Francesca, Sandro Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht D?rer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and others. Related art movements and schools are discussed with illustrated examples, and include the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical eras; Romanticism and Realism of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Impressionism; Postimpressionism; Modernism and its trend toward abstraction, including its many schools and movements--Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Op Art, Kinetic Art, Video Art, Post-Modernism, and others. Approximately 225 color illustrations include reproductions of the famous works being discussed.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764160882
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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