50 Paintings You Should Know

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By Kristina Lowis and Tamsin Pickeral

Spanning seven centuries, this selection of fifty iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous colour reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cezanne, Dali, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book.

This book is a wonderful introduction to great works of art. The paintings are reproduced in beautiful color and detail, and are accompanied by informative background on the painters and painting techniques. It features works that may be familiar to the eye, but whose histories are even more fascinating. Readers will learn about the painters who created them, the reasons for their importance and the places the paintings can be found. This book is an exceptional addition to any library.

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  • Paperback Edition
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: April 1, 2009
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 7.9(w) x 9.3(h)
  • Weight: 1.30 lbs