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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791341987
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791341989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous colour reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate.

About the Author

KRISTINA LOWIS is an art historian at the Staatlichen Musee in Berlin.TAMSIN PICKERAL is an art historian and author based in Suffolk, England.

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Customer Reviews

Saw this book in a book store and was able to look through it.
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I'm an art teacher and I love this series of books for making warm ups for my art kids.
K. Eadington
Very straightforward, and I received what I expected from this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Honey & Cheese on April 4, 2012
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50 Paintings You Should Know, while highlighting 50 works of art, actually contains well over 50 paintings, including some of my favorites like Van Gogh's The Starry Night and Petunia No.2 by Georgia O'Keefe. Just as in 50 Artists You Should Know, this book is laid out chronologically. I find that the chronological approach is immensely helpful in learning when the various styles of painting occurred, and the timeline across the tops of the pages places this in the context of the artists' lives and famous world events.

Each of the 50 highlighted paintings is prominently featured on a left-hand page, while the facing page contains an image of the artist, along with a short timeline of his life, and a detailed description of the work. The information contained in these descriptions varies from painting to painting, but typically contains details such as the the inspiration behind the work, symbolism within it, where it hangs now, etc. It's almost like walking through an art museum with your own personal docent.

There is some overlap between this book and 50 Artists You Should Know, but there is just as much information to learn from both books. As with any art book, some paintings will appeal to most people, and some to very few. For instance, I can't say I particularly enjoy Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and I don't believe I'll ever understand the popularity of works like Autumn Rhythm No. 30 by Jackson Pollock or Black Square by Kasimir Malevich. However, I do still appreciate that this book includes these, what I would deem, less-lovely works of art, as recognizing them is still essential to anyone who wishes to be educated in art appreciation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Eadington on April 22, 2011
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I'm an art teacher and I love this series of books for making warm ups for my art kids. It's generally a good short description of the artwork or artist with some interesting facts and good pictures. This isn't the book for someone looking for something really in depth stuff but if you just want a brief refresher they are great.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beginner on December 26, 2010
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Saw this book in a book store and was able to look through it. The book is excellent and the price from Amazon is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Qld on May 2, 2012
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I love this book! I don't know a lot about art but wanted to learn about some of the more known works and artists. This book is packed full of facts and very easy to read. a great coffee table book that you can pick up and read a page every now and then. Highly recommend :)
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I got this book for my young granddaughter, so we could study these paints together. There are some duplicate paintings from The 50 Artists That You Should Know, but that was alright. I hope that she will enjoy this book all of her life. The seller got the book to us on time and in the condition described.
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Very straightforward, and I received what I expected from this book. Not disappointed at all, and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn more about art without any experience!
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