Patterns in Art: A Closer Look at the Old Masters

Patterns in Art: A Closer Look at the Old Masters

Patterns in Art: A Closer Look at the Old Masters

Patterns in Art: A Closer Look at the Old Masters


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A visual delight, and a designer's dream—the decorative details of great European paintings transformed into beautiful two-dimensional patterns

Richly embroidered robes. Intricate lace collars. Elaborately laid floor tiles. Delicately carved and modeled cornices and capitals. These are among the details of decorative art that the Old Masters lovingly rendered in their paintings, to establish a setting, convey a portrait subject's social status, or sometimes just enliven a scene. Together these details—so easy to overlook in the imposing harmony of draftsmanship, color, and composition that makes up a great painting—form a veritable history of ornament.

This inventive book plucks these decorative motifs from the background of paintings by masters like Bronzino, Fra Angelico and Jacques-Louis David, and transforms them into vibrant two-dimensional patterns. Seeing these patterns side-by-side with the original paintings deepens our appreciation of both. Patterns in Art will be a resource for graphic designers, and a revelation for all art lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789213402
Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 661,125
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Francesca Leoneschi is cofounder and creative director of The World of DOT and art director of Rizzoli Libri.

Giovanna Ferraris is a designer at The World of DOT, a graphic design studio based in Milano.

Silvia Lazzaris is a journalist based in London.

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“The authors take the best ornamental details of the Old Masters and magically transform them into patterns that are—if this is imaginable—even better than the reference! A must for designers of all disciplines.”
—Louise Fili, Designer and author

“The Old Master paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection are profound manifestations of human culture and aesthetics, and this book is a beautiful testament to their eternal ability to inspire creative endeavors that generate impressive results.”
—Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“This book rethinks the traditional approach to works of art in a novel way: through a sophisticated operation of extraction, it plucks out fragments of memory and re-composes them in a new graphic narration. In this way, it reinvents the destiny of art through a form of contemporary rewriting that opens the doors to unexpected and surprising future interpretations.”
—Patricia Urquiola, Architect and designer

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