Great Paintings of the Western World
by Alison Gallup, Gerhard Gruitrooy, and Elizabeth M. Weisberg

From prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary masterpieces, individual expression has taken on many forms and styles.

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Since the dawn of civilization, art has been a means of communication that has transcended the boundaries of language and culture. Great Paintings of the Western World features three hundred of the finest examples of Western art through centuries of creative output. That passage begins with ancient Egyptian frescoes featuring personalized timelines of the lives of kings and queens; Greek vases painted with tales of epic legends; colorful Roman mosaics; early Christian manuscripts; and Romanesque and Gothic paintings of fervent religious subjects meant to impassion the general populace. Here also is a selection of the best-loved paintings of the Renaissance masters--Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli; the rich and excessive formalities of the Baroque, turned Rococo, style seen through the works of Caravaggio, Fragonard, Vermeer; early nineteenth-century movements exemplified by the works of Constable, Delacroix, Ingres; to the inimitable Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, whose new view of the natural world revolutionized art and the artist's identity. This treasure tome concludes with modern and contemporary selections, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Dali, and Hopper as well as Hockney, Motherwell, Stella, and more.

Accompanying all of this magnificent art is concise and insightful text that provides the historical backdrop to these various movements and explains the significance of each painting in its proper context and perspective. From Giotto to Gauguin, from Whistler to Warhol, Great Paintings of the Western World is a gallery of the finest creations of the Western world's greatest artistic geniuses.

9 1/2 x 13 in., 320 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-259-4
$75.00 U.S., $110.00 Canada

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