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The Story of Painting
How art was made
By (author): DK Foreword by: Ross King
9781465481788 Hardcover English General Trade ART / History / General Aug 06, 2019
$45.00 CAD
Active 8.75 x 10.38 x 1.18 in | 3.39 lb 360 pages DK
A fascinating new history of art, this gloriously illustrated book reveals how materials, techniques, and ideas have evolved over the centuries, inspiring artists and giving them the means to create their most celebrated works.

Covering a comprehensive array of topics, from the first pigments and frescos to linear perspective in Renaissance paintings, the influence of photography, Impressionism, and the birth of modern art, The Story of Painting follows each step in the evolution of painting over the last 25,000 years, from the first cave paintings to the abstract works

of the last 150 years.

Packed with lavish color reproductions of paintings and photographs of artists at work and the materials they used, it also focuses on key paintings from each period to analyze the techniques and secrets of the great masters in detail.

Immerse yourself in the pages of this beautiful book and find yourself dazzled by new colors; marvel at the magic of perspective; wonder at glowing depictions of fabric and flesh; understand cubism; and embrace abstraction. It will transform your understanding and enjoyment of paintings forever.

Explains painting from an exciting new angle, showing how new materials, fresh ideas, and technical innovations have influenced the evolution of painting over the centuries.

Explains the science behind great painting, drawing, and photography.

Sumptuously illustrated throughout.

Fascinating narrative spreads cover the history of paint and painting around the world, from cave paintings to the present day.

Packed with glorious color reproductions of paintings and photographs of artists and the materials they used.

Illustrated timelines trace the history of colors over time, or show how certain genres, such as the nude or portraits, have developed.

Feature spreads zoom in close on selected paintings to analyze each artist’s distinctive style.

Explains key concepts, such as composition, volume, foreshortening, and perspective visually, with the help of easy-to-follow drawings and diagrams.

Foreword writer:

Ross King is the award-winning author of eight books on art and architecture, including works on Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi, and Claude Monet. He has also published two novels and a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli. He is the coauthor, with Anja Grebe, of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743.

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