Simon Schama's Power of Art
'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. 'The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality...' With the same disarming force, Power of Art jolts us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, as Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mahallett - LibraryThing
a little over the top. not enough opinion about the illustrated works. it's not very helpful to talk about work you can't see. i could barely lift this book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kant1066 - LibraryThing
I debated over and over whether to give this book three stars or four, and finally decided on the latter. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I read this as a stand-alone book, not a companion piece ... Read full review