Have you read this book? “Art in Detail”

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:

Art in Detail: 100 MasterpiecesArt in Detail: 100 Masterpieces by Susie Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!

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3 thoughts on “Have you read this book? “Art in Detail”

  1. I like art and I like feeling smarter! Thanks for the recommendation Theresa! I enjoy looking at art but really don’t know much about it other than what I have seen on some documentaries. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, me too! It’s all pretty confusing. And from me: I got this book out of the library, which was great since I could read and then return it. And I gave myself permission to skip over pieces that weren’t that interesting to me (most of the mid-1800s, for instance). So feel free to do so as well!

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  2. I’m a real ignorant one when it comes to art and I do tend to skip museums when there is time constraint but I find them very interesting when I finally get in. But, I like being smart so I have to plan museums into my schedules. I did get to go to the Louvre and walked and looked at beautiful things for half a day. I got to see Monalisa! I also went to the Gaudi Museum in Barcelona. And, I visited one in Sacramento. I guess the museums I visited in Amsterdam don’t count. 🙂 And I went to three – Wax Museum (Tussaud), Marijuana Museum and Sex Museum. Lol!


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