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The Story of the World's Greatest Paintings

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Here are twenty world-famous artworks featured in easy-to-follow chronological order, including: Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, Paolo Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano, Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Children’s Games, Jan Vermeer’s The Artist’s Studio, John Constable’s The Hay Wain, Winslow Homer’s Breezing ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 13th 2010 by Thames & Hudson (first published September 30th 2010)
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Vanessa
Sep 20, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I found this browsing at my lucky Half Price Books location. When I got home, I saw that this is more of a YA introduction to art, but I still enjoyed it. This book selects 20 (mostly) famous paintings and tells the backstories of their creation and a bit of backstory on the life of the artist. The book starts at Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrain in 1434 and goes up to Gauguin's Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where are we Going? in 1897.

I enjoyed how the book delved into the physical aspec
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Raha Khrais
Aug 25, 2014 Raha Khrais rated it it was amazing
A book that will not make you bored, i keep it as a refrence, it has many facts that you'll never read anywhere else
Ruth Charchian
May 04, 2013 Ruth Charchian rated it it was amazing
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This is a simple book with a simple theme: take a dozen of the world's greatest paintings and describe them. What's different from other authors? They include a brief story of the painter and their times when the picture was painted. Each painting has links to other Internet sites to visit for more information on that particular painting. This enables readers to learn about the most masterful painters and discover what they like/don't like about their techniques, composition, color use, and pain ...more
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