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

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Thames & Hudson, 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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User Review  - Bill Eger - Goodreads

This compendium of 70 works from early days of our occupation of earth from pre-history to Cezanne. Compiled by Christopher Dell, the 285 illustrations are studied by 60 erudite contributors who open ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited several books on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, What Makes a Masterpiece, and Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre.

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