An accessible guide to 100 masterpieces of Western art. Susie Hodge is an art historian, author, artist and journalist with more than 100 books to her credit, including Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That, also published by Thames & Hudson. She has twice been named The Independent’s No. 1 art writer.
c. 700 illustrations 23.5 x 22.0 cm 432pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 239544 October £24.95
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Great works of art cannot be fully understood in a single encounter: to revisit and reconsider art again and again throughout one’s life is to be richly rewarded with an ever-deepening appreciation and insight. Similar benefits come from analysing a work of art in detail. Art in Detail spotlights the finer points that even connoisseurs may miss, casting light upon minutiae that a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal. These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols. Expert commentary reveals the technical tricks employed by the artist to achieve particular effects, such as the placement of the subject, the lighting and the style of brushstrokes. The book also looks at the themes and external factors influencing the creation of an artwork – everything from the broad socio-economic context in which the artist operated to the ambient temperature at the time of the work’s creation, which can be of surprising relevance. The book examines 100 works of art down the ages, from Giotto’s 14th-century fresco Adoration of the Magi, to a 21st-century landscape painting by David Hockney. It approaches each work as part of a tradition that links the oldest work of art to the most recent, as artists pass a metaphorical baton down through the ages.
Giotto Van Eyck Botticelli Leonardo Raphael Titian Caravaggio Gentileschi Hals Rembrandt Vermeer Hogarth Goya Courbet Renoir Van Gogh Matisse Hopper Picasso Kahlo Bacon … and more