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The Vexations of Art: Velázquez and Others Paperback – December 5, 2007
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"'The Vexations of Art is an engrossing, passionate attempt to re-engage with painting as a mode of thought at a time when 'it is not clear in what form the resource of painting - for surely painting has been a singular resource of the greater European culture - will continue.' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'A fascinating book that will surely generate discussion for some time to come.' Mindy Nancarrow, Renaissance Quarterly"
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When I read the first of her books, I ordered and read the rest. This is my favorite, but they are all worth reading. If you have a jones for understanding art this should be on your list. Indeed this is the book I most enjoyed reading in the last two or three years.
Alper's books are events in the best sense of the word; each as brilliant as an illuminated book. Her works inevitably follow one all-pervading rule - "Let there be light!" And what better touchstone for an historian of art?