Discovering the Great Masters: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Symbols in Paintings

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Universe, 2009 - Art - 308 pages
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Discover the secret symbols and meaning behind 62 featured paintings in this unique volume. Ranging from Giotto’s 14th-century painting of the Last Judgment to the 19th-century symbolist Gustave Moreau’s depiction of Jupiter and Semele, each work has been selected for its own symbolic enigma. This book’s innovative design pairs each painting with a page of die-cut windows that help the reader focus on specific aspects of each painting and features captions that highlight the most important symbols. Other works in this unique and fascinating book include Renaissance masterpieces such as Botticelli’s Primavera and The Birth of Venus, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.

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This is a great book for anyone interested in art. As a student of art history, I found the information in this book great. it was informative and presented in a new and interesting way. The ... Read full review

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Its very interesting, yes, but I would have liked to see a little expansion outside Europe and the few hundred years the author sticks to. Read full review


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Paul Crenshaw is assistant professor of art history and archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published and lectured on major artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Rebecca Tucker is assistant professor of art history at Colorado College. Alexandra Bonfante-Warren is a freelance writer, translator, and editor living in New York City. She is the author of The Louvre and The Musée D’Orsay.

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