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Great Artists Explained

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Taking an original photographic approach to look in detail at certain topics, these four fascinating books provide deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of the worlds of architecture, art, famous artists, and myths and legends. AUTHOR BIO: Robert Cumming has been the chairman of Christie's Education, London, studied art history at Cambridge University, and his books ha ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 30th 2007 by DK (first published April 23rd 1998)
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Maxym Karpovets
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
оригінальний підхід із детальним коментуванням до обраних картин не може не підкупити. принцип коментування нагадує блукання між деталями, символами, датами (у цьому сенсі варто почитати Даніеля Арасса "Живопис в деталях"). звісно, вибірка робіт може вселяти сумнів (як, наприклад, із роботою Клода Моне), але не потрібно забувати, що йдеться про авторську роботу. мені особисто імпонує ось ця велика траєкторія європейського живопису від братів Лімбург до Джексона Поллока, що вказує про невід*ємніс ...more
That70sheidi
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think they might be able to squeeze some 2pt fonts in there if they tried really hard.

There seems to be a ton of text on each page, but I felt there was a little too much incidental data and not enough focus on the artwork itself. There's quite a bit of historical and background information, but I'm more interested in technique or what the artist themselves might have written about their own work rather than what was going on in Hungary during the same time.

Also the layout was a little bit f
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Jennifer
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A very useful survey of some of the Great Artists. Some biographical details and a description of the unique elements of their style and an analysis of about one painting each. For me, this is a great idea, but I'd like something more in-depth in all aspects, biography, analysis and survey of the output of the artist. I don't know where to find something like this, but it is a beautiful thing to investigate, and a lovely way to spend some time, just looking at and appreciating the pinnacle of ar ...more
Sherrill Watson
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good overview of many "great" artists. There are 49, according to the writer(s). Only one work is picked out to discuss, though others are mentioned, and this is not the main work of the artist, which I found interesting. There are little blurbs here and there about each artist, where the painting is hung, the size, etc., and various dates in his / her life. Like I said, a good overview.
Angela
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arts
A good overview for the novice about to embarq on a museum adventure, it introduces big names, their styles and techniques, each on a two-page spread with a typical or familiar sample of work. Spans Masaccio (1401-1428) to Jackson Pollock (1912-1956.
Sharon
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-this-one
Really interesting art book about a selection of great artists and their work. Good to see a few female artists get a mention.
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Robert Cumming is an adjunct professor at Boston University, who has studied in depth the lives and connoisseurship of Berenson and Clark.
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