The Story of Painting

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Dorling Kindersley, 2000 - Art - 736 pages
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More than 450 masterpieces - all faithfully reproduced in superb full color - chronicle the developments and movements in painting over the past 800 years, from Gothic to Renaissance, Romanticism to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism to Modernism. Each movement is introduced by visual timelines that provide an instant overview of the important artists and paintings of that era. Sister Wendy Beckett analyzes more than 30 of the world's most famous paintings in depth, including Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Rembrandt's The Jewish Bride, Monet's The Waterlily Pond, and van Gogh's Self-Portrait. Using enlarged details of the paintings, hidden meanings and symbolism are revealed and painting techniques explained.

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Review: Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (Enhanced and Expanded Edition)

User Review  - Sally Hegedus - Goodreads

A quite enjoyable trip through the major styles and artists in the story of painting, from the famous cave drawings in France and elsewhere to modern times. What fun to read the style explanations and ... Read full review

Review: Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (Enhanced and Expanded Edition)

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

The pictures in my edition don't show enough detail to support the text, and Sister Wendy generally presents a lot of her interpretation as the interpretation. Not what I was looking for. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Sister Wendy Beckett is a consecrated virgin and hermit, living on the grounds of the Carmelite monastery at Quidenham, in Norfolk, England. A world-renown art expert, she is the author of more than a dozen books and has narrated several major art documentaries for the BBC.

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