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The Story of Painting by Wendy Beckett
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Nov 19, 2011

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Read from November 19, 2011 to June 23, 2012

I enjoyed this book not only for the comprehensive history of painting it provides, but also for the illustrations, many of which were two-page spread closeups of a small section of a big painting, which gives a better view of style, technique and detail than an ordinary art book provides. Sister Wendy has a clear appreciation of art and her enthusiasm extends to all styles and epochs of painting. The only complaint I have about this book is that she occasionally lapses into a sort of wine-connoisseurish babble about the significance and meaning of a painting leaving me, afterwards, scratching my head. Sadly, re-readings of the offending paragraphs didn't do much to dispel my lack of comprehension of what she was talking about. But then, I'm not much of a wine connoisseur either.

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