Do you go to art museums, or do you skip them? Perhaps you wish you knew more about art? If you’ve been curious about where Impressionism fits into the development of Western art, or how to make sense of modern and post-modern art, then this book will help you fill in the gaps – painlessly! In many ways, I think this book is better than a museum visit – it’s like having your own private art guide and teleporting to art museums all over the world.
Here are my thoughts on Art in Detail:
Do you like art? Then you should definitely look at this book! Or, if you are like me, and you’re somewhat self-conscious about your knowledge of art – read this book! Each of 100 significant pieces of Western art (almost all paintings) from the Middle Ages through 2000s is shown on one page with a text “sketch” of the artist’s beginnings and career, and then, turn the page, and the next two pages (left and right) contain insets of specific parts of the painting with historical and technique notes. Each piece is put into context for the overall arc of the development of Western art, including cubism, modernism, and post-modernism. Almost better than a museum! Another book that will make you feel smarter at the end!