What Great Paintings Say, Volume 1

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Taschen, 2003 - Art - 494 pages
Did the Greek gods play tennis? What is the ambassador from the land of Alchemy telling us? What secrets are being told on the shores of the Island of Venus? And what is the monk doing on the Ship of Fools? These and other questions are asked about famous works of art in this book. Suddenly the pictures come alive and relate previously untold stories. In their own language they recall earlier fashions and opinions, trends and intrigues, and tell of love, sin and lifestyles from the past. Powerful men and their mistresses, painters and models all come together in this illustrated history of culture. They cease to be two-dimensional figures of art and become flesh and blood before our eyes. This is thanks to the forensic sixth sense with which the two authors expose the secrets of the paintings under scrutiny. They spotlight each individual section of the painting, analyse them, and then put them back together again like a huge jigsaw puzzle, revealing the history of art as a lively panorama of forgotten worlds. For once, works of art are not to be enjoyed simply as art for art's sake, but as a living testimony of bygone times.

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User Review  - rreis - LibraryThing

4 to 5 pages of context for each choosen painting. Well writen, it gives you an idea of the paiting background, the history behind it and, using inserts por specific parts of the painting, calls your ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - rreis - LibraryThing

4 to 5 pages of context for each choosen painting. Well writen, it gives you an idea of the paiting background, the history behind it and, using inserts por specific parts of the painting, calls your ... Read full review

Contents

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The femme fatale charms the devout viewer
123
44
134
50
141
62
153
68
159
80
168
The barn is fulltime for a wedding
177
Across the river and into the past
386
The German painting bestloved by Germans
393
The greatest amateur musician of the nation
399
A studio opens its doors to the world
405
The wrong uniform exposes the true culprit
417
A look behind the scenes
423
Laughing struggle for freedom
434
Venue for gentry bourgeoisie and bohème
440

A view to infinity
368
Dramatic struggle for survival
375
Declaration of love for the capital of the world
447
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