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The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art

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An introduction to the properties, concepts, and meanings of Western art through a series of concise, specific explorations of 32 works of art or groups of related works paintings, sculptures, and buildings from widely varying cultures and times. Mr. Cole explains how art is made, how it functions in society, and how it embodies the ideas and ideals of the cultures in whic ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 9th 1999 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher
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Without jargon or pretension, art historian Bruce Cole talks about thirty-two works of art. These include mostly paintings, but also sculpture, architecture, and photography. Each little essay (about four to six pages long) is a pleasure to read. They describe the works in terms of form and function, context, design, shape, color, line, texture, symbol, and meaning. I saw the magnificent Euphronius crater (a piece of Greek red-figure pottery used to mix wine and water dating from 515-525 BC) at ...more
Being rather ignorant on this subject, I don't know how this book compares to what else is out there. At first it was not terribly engaging, but I felt I was learning so read further. As it continued through the ages it got better and better, and I appreciated and saw much more in familiar pieces of art. I found the piece on Giotto's 'The Lamentation' very illuminating, but one of my favourites was Donatello's 'Judith and Holofernes' with a rear view of the piece that I have never seen anywhere ...more
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