Great masters of European painting
Great paintings are a brilliant legacy from the past. This splendid book surveys in breathtaking panorama the lives and works of European artists from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.Organized chronologically, each section opens with an overview of the significant historical events of the era to set the art in context. Stunning colorplates present the work of both well-known and some unfamiliar artists, and individual commentaries discuss the paintings and the artists' careers and artistic development.Sandro Botticelli's magnificent Pallas and the Centaur, Jan Vermeer's enigmatic The Art of Painting, Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun's exquisite self-portrait The Artist at Her Easel, Edvard Munch's heartrending The Scream, and Picasso's terrifying Corrida: The Death of a Torero all come to life on these pages. Together, these masterworks carry the reader through the astonishing history of European artistic genius.
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