What Makes a Masterpiece: Artists, Writers and Curators on the World's Greatest Works of Art

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Christopher Dell
Thames & Hudson, 2010 - Art - 304 pages
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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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Generously illustrated with 265 color reproductions (285 illustrations total) and sporting dozens of details and comparative works, this publication explores the meaning of an art masterpiece mostly ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited many books on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, What Makes a Masterpiece and Monsters A Bestiary of the Bizarre .

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