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

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Christopher Dell
Thames & Hudson, Limited, 2010 - Art - 304 pages
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What Makes a Masterpiece explores the most important works of art ever created, from the Chauvet Cave to Cezanne. It covers art from Africa to China, Japan to South and Central America, Persia to Sri Lanka, as well as a large selection of European works from Ancient Greece to Impressionism. Little-known treasures such as the Iberian Lady of Elche or a Maya relief from Palenque appear alongside well-loved classics such as Masaccio's Expulsion of Adam and Eve or Degas's Little Dancer, creating a fascinating and unique collection of groundbreaking and beautiful works. The book brings together an impressive list of authors: artists such as Antony Gormley and Avigdor Arikha, writers including Marina Warner and Philip Pullman, and cultural figures like Germaine Greer and Quentin Blake appear alongside curators and directors from the Louvre, Prado, Museo di San Marco, Berlin Gemaldegalerie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, British Museum, and the National Gallery, London. Intimate knowledge combines with unique insight (and some startling new interpretations) to create fresh analyses of these works, of as much interest 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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