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50 Artists You Should Know Paperback – September 25, 2006
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Note that I don't object to the brevity of the information, but to the content. For example, I would prefer a brief description of artist's life, along with a description of each painting and why it's significant, much like a docent would on a museum tour. However, most of the content focuses only on the former, with descriptions of the latter appearing only infrequently. This is really disappointing to me because these descriptions are so good when they do appear (e.g., pointing out the reflections of the King & Queen of Spain in the mirror in Velasquez's "Ladies-in-Waiting" painting). Put another way, this book tells you about 50 artists you should know (as the title suggests), but not WHY we should know them!
On a positive note, one of the best features of the book is the timeline across the top of each two-page spread. The timeline places each artist within the context of his/her artistic peers (Michaelangelo with Titian & Raphael), the relevant artistic period (e.g.Read more ›
Four pages are dedicated to most of the artists, though a small selection have only been given two. The first page is typically one of their most famous pieces, but in some cases multiple works are highlighted. The facing page includes a depiction of the artist, a timeline of his life, and a brief biography. Across the top of the two pages is a timeline showing how the artist's life fits in amongst world events of his time. For most of the artists, the next two pages contain more of their work.
The back of 50 Artists You Should Know includes a short glossary of terminology, and there are other small boxes of information scattered throughout the book, giving the reader more details on topics such as Pointilism, Baroque art, and the Reformation. Because it is designed as an overview of artists throughout the centuries, this book includes artwork that will appeal to anyone - and many pieces that will appeal to very few. Tucked in among da Vinci's Mona Lisa; Jan Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring; and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, are various paintings featuring nudes; The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David; and Joan Miro's decidely abstruse surrealism. While every picture may not be to everyone's taste, the book does its job of educating the reader on the evolution of art and the artists whose works fill our galleries.
I finally found the book I needed and wanted. This is 95% of what I was looking for. Lots of history, lots of pictures and plenty of give to make copies and not break the book. Granted there are some paintings that are not appopriate for children but for the most part they are pretty good. Plus there is a snapshot of what the artists look like as painted by themselves, so that was neat too.
My only qualms for not being a 5 star rating is that it was originally printed in German and the language is a little stilted. Also the binding is a little loose and could wear out in time. Plus the few paintings that are unmentionable because of unmentionable themes (ahem). Remember I teach kids. Do you want your son or daughter really getting the whole scope of Bottacilli's Venus? Alrighty then.
So it is a good and sub-par great resource book and I recommend it to all art teachers!
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A great book to get people interested in Art History.
(Occasional incorrect fact, but so small a detail it could be considered trivial.)
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Judging by the overview shown here about this amusing familiar lot of so called artists, I can not refrain from saying that the steady increase of Modernism in Art has by now... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Poly Ethylene