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Art That Changed the World tells the story of every major Western art style, movement by movement, giving art lovers a visual timeline showing key paintings that sparked each transition and explaining major events that shaped their evolution.
Each section features a lavish double-page image of an influential painting that defines each artistic style. Seminal works are portrayed in their historical context, with attention paid to the culture of the time and the lives of their creators.
From Prehistoric cave painting in Southern Europe to work of contemporary painters like Paula Rego, Lucien Freud, Alex Katz, John Currin, and Gerhard Richter, the book presents key turning points in Western Art and focuses on various masterworks, providing easy to understand context for each art work. Periods, such as Baroque, are broken down into national styles so that readers can differentiate between Flemish, Dutch, and French schools, while the 19th century alone is allocated 75 pages of full-color timelines that travels through the impact of Romanticism, the world of the Pre-Raphaelites, and the revolution of Impressionism.
Long overlooked figures like Ford Madox Brown are brought to life in the pages of this book as the authors point out the impact of the Austro-German Nazarenes group, the Gothic Revival, and Pre-Renaissance art on his painting. In the contemporary era, an exploration of the work of Cy Twombly reveals the influence of little-known Catalan-American painter Pierre Daura, one of Twombly’s first teachers, and the lyric poetry of Sappho on the American artist. There are many facts that help broaden your understanding of important works that continue to resonate today.
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