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The Art of Arts: Rediscovering Painting

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In this utterly original book, Anita Albus tells the story--in the birth and triumph of oil painting, the creation of perspective, and the very nature of paint itself--of how, when, and why the eye became king of all the senses.

Albus's subjects are the inventors of easel painting in oils, the van Eyck brothers and their followers. It was in the fifteenth and sixteenth cent
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Published October 23rd 2001 by University of California Press (first published 1997)
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Joshua
May 03, 2008 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A dense slow read, this precisely written book brings together two of my favorite subjects: science and art, at a very basic level. A devotee of Erwin Panofsky, whom I'm not familiar with but would like to be, she gives a strong argument that art, separated from symbol, and, actually representation, is empty. Unfortunately, she has the problem we face in modern times: the ultimate relativity of the symbol in a world in which a work of art can be seen in Portland, Oregon today and in Japan tomor ...more
Telyn
Jul 29, 2010 Telyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fascinating, strange and brilliant book that starts with a tantalizing description of a lost painting by Van Eyck, and ranges over everything from the recipes and history of traditional pigments to odd bits of trivia pertaining to the symbolism of toads and strawberries. The book itself is beautiful, with Renaissance typefaces and several fold-out full color plates, (that are, unfortunately, like the contents of Pandora's box, difficult to stuff back in once they have been opened).
David
Jul 14, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing look at trompe l'oeil painting, the understanding of colour and cultural links in art. Some amazing materials here.
Paola Alexandra
Oct 17, 2013 Paola Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfull insight into what the painting and the painter is
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