Leonardo, Frida and the Others: The History of Art, 800 Years – 100 Artists

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Category: The arts

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Prestel

ISBN: 9783791377186

RRP: $69.99


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This fresh and engaging, illustrated history of art explains the fundamentals every art lover needs while presenting the development of different schools and styles as one continuous, astonishing timeline- from Giotto to Leonardo, Frida to Banksy. When she became interested in painting, the author would visit museums and wonder about all the information she was missing. How did one style develop after another? What meanings were hidden in these works? What were these artists’ lives like? How did their works survive for so many years? She longed for the kind of essential knowledge that would enable her to decode a painting loaded with references. The result of her curiosity is a highly accessible and vividly illustrated book that brings together the fundamentals of eight centuries of art. It covers the basics about such topics as how museums are structured, how painters use proportion and perspective, the anatomy of a painting. Jouneaux offers surprising comparisons between artists such as Sandro Botticelli and Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell, Delacroix and Rubens. Terms such as Baroque, Ukiyo-e, Graffiti, Cubism, Degenerate Art, and De Stijl are explored and explained. Non-western traditions are given much greater prominence than in other art history books Chinese, Indian, Australian Aboriginal, and African Art are all included in the timeline. Numerous women artists who were overlooked during the author’s own education are restored to the canon. Accompanying the unpretentious but authoritative texts are hundreds of illustrations, reproductions, timelines and sidebars. AUTHOR: Camille Jouneaux is a cultural critic and arts writer. She works with major museums and hosts The Culture Minute on Europe 1 radio. Jean Andre is as an illustrator and art director whose clients include, Nike, LVMH, Adidas, and many global brands. 300 colour illustrations

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