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About the Author

Elizabeth Lunday is a journalist specializing in architecture and art. She writes the “Masterpieces” column for mental_floss magazine and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 9.1.2008 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474257X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594742576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ark on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have just finished my book after reading it for mmm... maybe half a day. I have to say I had high hopes for this book at first glance. I really wanted to see what kind of dirt the writer had to offer. And I have to say that I was none to impressed with the research. I mean the title itself is a little misleading. But perhaps its because I majored in Art and am teaching it myself. But while reading the book, I felt as if the writer could have put more effort into "finding out secrets" instead of just reitterating the ones we already know. Yes she put together a nice short summary for each artist, but the illustrations in the book were probally the only interesting parts of this book. If I had wanted a short biography of each artist, this book would have been great. If your looking for more than what you learned in your College Art History classes or from Wikipedia, this book is not for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Biddle on January 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not too bad. It's like an art history review with some extra tips you don't learn in class. The really juicy parts don't have too much detail though, unfortunately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amorfortuna2 on October 2, 2011
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I found this to be succinct and fascinating. This is my 3rd 'Secret Lives' book and I think this one is right on par with the authors and composers editions. Great short reads, not meant to be a complete history of anyone, obviously, but perfect at someone at a moderate knowledge level of a subject. Makes me interested to know much more about some of these artists. Great series!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mirogljm on January 4, 2011
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I enjoyed this book a lot. I did know a lot of the information already (I minored in Art History and teach high school art) it's kind of nice to have all of this fun information compiled into one book. I love sharing some of the (appropriate) information in this book with students because it really helps them remember artists and their work. I've also got to say, I love the illustrations in this book--they're hilarious!
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By Elizabeth Vasilion on July 13, 2014
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Love the book, but I wish there were pictures to go with the paintings , I've seen the paintings but nothing like having it in front of you to check out what she is pointing out.
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The reading material for the individual artists was informative and entertaining. I was a little let down that there were no pictures of the artists' work.
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By Lola092563 on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like this - I wasn't an art major, but have always been interested in art & artists. So, these stories and little snippets are new to me. I enjoyed the insights into the artist's most famous work, but wish that those images were displayed in the book - I kept having to go to the internet to get an image of what I was reading about.
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Fascinating insights and incidents in artists' lives but leans into sensationalism. Brevity rules so it reminds me of a tabloid newspaper written without the context and background information these great artists' surely deserve.
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