How to read Bible stories and myths in art: decoding the old masters, from Giotto to Goya

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Harry N. Abrams, Mar 1, 2009 - Art - 359 pages
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For centuries, Bible stories andancient Greek and Roman mythology were the main subjects of Western art.Old Masterssuch as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, and countless othersrendered these stirring, poignant, bloodthirsty, and even erotic tales on panel or canvas, in the process creating a familiar way of visualizing our collective imagination. In How to Read Bible Stories and Myths in Art, Patrick De Rynck, examines over two hundred of these works. The result is a book that explores the roots of Western civilization from three different angles: It introduces or re-introduces the reader to the best-known stories from the Bible and mythology; it presents a selection of exquisite masterpieces by some of the worlds greatest painters; and it shows the reader how these painters interpreted these famous scenes. De Ryncks journeyand his conclusionswill fundamentally change the way we look at art.

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Achilles 22 Adam and Eve 24 Anna and Joachim 34
Apollo 38 Arachne 44 Babel 46 Bacchus and Ariadne 48
Belshazzar 52 Cambyses 54 Cephalus and Procris 56 Ceres 60

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Patrick De Rynck is the author of Abrams' successful How to Read a Painting, as well as nine other books, including an ABC of classical literature and a retelling of Greek myths. He is a classicist, translator, publicist, and freelance writer for museums, publishers, newspaper, and radio.

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