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Art Day by Day

366 Brushes with History

Alex Johnson


A daily almanac of art historical events for every day of the year from momentous and headline-grabbing, to intimate, amusing or revelatory

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Art Day by Day presents snapshots of the most exciting, unusual and noteworthy art events from around the world and throughout history through direct testimonies, eyewitness accounts and contemporary chroniclers.

Each day has its own section, starting with an extended quote giving artists, critics and commentators their voice to speak directly to us, followed by a brief explanatory text, and ending with other important events in art on that day e.g. births, deaths and exhibition openings. Not every entry is momentous, but all are significant. Yes, there are thefts, murders, artistic mishaps and eureka moments, but there are also more relatable episodes such as President Theodore Roosevelt’s doodles, Michelangelo writing to his nephew about his kidney stones and Monet getting the green light for his water garden. Every day has a story to tell.

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'Art history for people who don't want to read eye-glazing art history tomes ... Gift-perfect (but never trite)'
Los Angeles Times

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 464 pp

Publication date: 9 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500023648

Contents List

366 detailed entries plus several concise 'Also on this day' entries for each day.

About the Author

Alex Johnson is a journalist and writer. A regular contributor to the Independent, he also runs the popular design and lifestyle blogs Bookshelf and Shedworking. He has written several books, including Bookshelf and Improbable Libraries, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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