What Great Paintings Say, Volume 1

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Taschen, 2003 - Art - 494 pages
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These are the kinds of question Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen ask when faced with world-famous masterpieces. In the language of today they comment on the fashions and attitudes, trends and intrigues, love, vice and lifestyles of past times. Book jacket.
  

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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

What Great Paintings Say: Masterpieces in Detail (Big)

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This book presents a selection of articles originally published in the German magazine art by the Hagens, who also produced a TV series, History in Paintings, as part of their mission to make art more ... Read full review

Contents

Propaganda on cloth
8
A saint with a practical turn of mind
27
A Christian artisan advertises his craft
44
The splendours of a small dynasty
57
The patrons watch over the city
74
Fairest daughter of heaven and waves
93
Strange quartet
110
The femme fatale charms the devout viewer
123
From the canopy of Heaven to
141
The Antwerp building boom
158
For Tiber read Seine
171
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About the author (2003)

Rose-Marie Hagen was born in Switzerland and studied history, Romance languages and literature in Lausanne. After further studies in Paris and Florence, she lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Rainer Hagen was born in Hamburg and graduated in literature and theatre studies in Munich. He later worked for radio and TV, most recently as chief editor of a German public broadcasting service. Together they have collaborated on several TASCHEN titles, including Masterpieces in Detail, Pieter Bruegel and Francisco de Goya.

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