1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die

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Stephen Farthing
Universe, 2007 - Art - 960 pages
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From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters, from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists, this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 BC to the present. A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students, it provides a truly comprehensive worldwide gazeteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion. Each entry includes the history of the painting, information about the artist or artistic movement, the current location of the painting (all are on view to the public), as well as other details. The works are also indexed by artist and by title, making for easy cross-referencing. Included are popular paintings, key works that are the most breathtaking for their extraordinary power and beauty, paintings that were turning points in the history of art, and rediscovered masterpieces, making 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die an art museum in its own right.

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User Review  - alsaadiah - LibraryThing

Rich book in arts domain. This book take you a round to the history of this field (from ancient Egypt to 2006). I like the picture that had given in this book. It let me make a lot of changes in my house paintings throw the huge number of elegant design in It. Read full review

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User Review  - Cynical_Ames - LibraryThing

When I ordered this I didn’t expect it to be so compact. It’s very thick, almost like a bible. The paintings are organised by date from 1375BC to 2006 AD. On each page is the painting at the top with ... Read full review


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Stephen Farthing is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford and a professional fellow at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998 and executive director of the New York Academy of Art in 2000. He has been teaching fine art since 1977, and he is a painter.

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