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Art in Detail

100 Masterpieces

Susie Hodge

£24.95

An accessible guide to the finer details of 100 masterpieces of Western art

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Overview

Great works of art cannot be fully understood in a single encounter: to revisit and reconsider art again and again throughout one’s life is to be richly rewarded with an ever-deepening appreciation and insight. Similar benefits come from analysing a work of art in detail.

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces spotlights the finer points that even connoisseurs may miss, casting light upon minutiae that a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal. These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols. Expert commentary reveals the technical tricks employed by the artist to achieve particular effects, such as the placement of the subject, the lighting and the style of brushstrokes. The book also looks at the themes and external and personal factors influencing the creation of an artwork – everything from the broad socio-economic context in which the artist operated, to personal, individual circumstances at the time of the work’s creation, which are often of great relevance.

The book examines 100 works of art down the ages, from Giotto’s 14th-century fresco Adoration of the Magi, to a twenty-first-century pastel by Paula Rego. It approaches each work not only, to quote Matthew Arnold, ‘as in itself it really is’, but also as part of a tradition that links the oldest work of art to the most recent, as artists pass a metaphorical baton down through the ages.

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'This beautiful and very accessible book is invaluable, a joy to dip into … it is superbly produced and the price is a fantastic bargain'
Mature Times

'A potted history of some 800 years in 100 carefully and wisely selected paintings'
Art Book Review

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Specifications

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.4 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 432 pp

Publication date: 3 November 2016

ISBN: 9780500239544

Contents List

Introduction • 100 paintings

About the Author

Susie Hodge is an art historian, author, artist and journalist with more than 100 books to her name. She has an MA in the History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London, and is a Fellow of the RSA. She has twice been named the No. 1 art writer by the Independent.