What Makes a Masterpiece: Artists, Writers and Curators on the World's Greatest Works of Art
Thames & Hudson, 2010 - Art - 304 pages
What Makes a Masterpiece explores the most important works of artever created, from the Chauvet Cave to Cézanne. It covers art fromAfrica to China, Japan to South and Central America, Persia to SriLanka, as well as a large selection of European works from AncientGreece to Impressionism. Little-known treasures such as the IberianLady of Elche or a Maya relief from Palenque appear alongside well-lovedclassics such as Masaccio’s Expulsion of Adam and Eve or Degas’sLittle Dancer, creating a fascinating and unique collection of groundbreakingand beautiful works.
The book brings together an impressive list of authors: artistssuch as Antony Gormley and Avigdor Arikha, writers includingMarina Warner and Philip Pullman, and cultural figures likeGermaine Greer and Quentin Blake appear alongside curators anddirectors from the Louvre, Prado, Museo di San Marco, BerlinGemäldegalerie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery ofArt, British Museum, and the National Gallery, London. Intimateknowledge combines with unique insight (and some startling newinterpretations) to create fresh analyses of these works, of as muchinterest to art historians as to the general reader.
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Review: What Makes a Masterpiece: Artists, Writers, and Curators on the World's Greatest ArtUser Review - Bill Eger - Goodreads
This compendium of 70 works from early days of our occupation of earth from pre-history to Cezanne. Compiled by Christopher Dell, the 285 illustrations are studied by 60 erudite contributors who open ... Read full review