- Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Knopf (12. Dezember 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375400990
- ISBN-13: 978-0375400995
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22 x 13 x 3,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 364.469 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Art of Arts: Rediscovering Painting (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 12. Dezember 2000
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The lovingly crafted little tome The Art of Arts might become a cult classic if there are enough Jan van Eyck fans out there--or enough readers who can chew their way through 775 footnotes--to make this work of special genius even an underground bestseller. It is filled with delectable details (for example, that an image of a mill in a landscape connotes a wanton woman, complete with a page of explanations why) and myriad perspicacious observations. In discussing such masterworks as van Eyck's Madonna of Chancellor Rolin, author Anita Albus draws the reader into a vanished world of alternative perspectives, painterly depths of color and atmosphere, and the mesmerizing minutiae of late-medieval and Renaissance symbolism. The last chapter of the book, "Of Lost Colors," combines metallurgy, history, meticulous scholarship, and the author's passionate comprehension of colors in a discussion of antique pigments and their physical properties and pictorial uses.
The book's mostly paragraph-long sentences may put off some readers, and the warm, wry, even sly prose--its liveliness, in other words--may raise the hackles of the dowdy art-historical crowd (not the stylish, open-minded one). But this miniaturist's view of the northern Renaissance will copiously reward those who peruse it slowly, especially artists. Although it is possible to become lost in some chapters, as Albus tiptoes unhurriedly toward some arcane, elusive point, in the end it's hard to resist the sort of book that declares of the late 17th century: "Research into arthropods was in the air." This volume is a work of art, complete in itself, meticulously ordered according to the artist's unique vision, and handsomely "framed" by a sensitive designer. --Peggy Moorman
"I haven't seen such a fascinating work in years. Nobody has ever studied Erwin Panofsky so accurately and sensitively as Anita Albus has here." - Gerda Panofsky "With Albus's book, we have been given a masterpiece. The author is a versatile genius, and this mighty work is unique in its highly original combination of knowledge of art history and technical experience." - William S. Heckscher, coauthor of Art and Literature: Studies in Relationship "The Art of Arts, a reverie about painting and seeing, begins with a description of a mere painting of the world, but by the time you've got to the end of this startlingly beautiful volume, with its two-color Renaissance typeface and exquisite gatefold reproductions, you feel like you've been everywhere and done everything. This is because Albus doesn't just show you things; she teaches you how to see for yourself." - Daniel Mendelsohn, New York "This book enchants me with its revelations. I do not think anyone has ever succeeded so well in making clear that - contrary to popular belief - painting does not consist of taking three-dimensional objects and representing them in a two-dimensional way, but rather in the transformation of three-dimensional objects into another object which also has three dimensions - namely, the picture itself." - Claude Levi-Strauss -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The design of the book is equally exquisite - great typography and layout. Full colour reproduction of the paintings in question inserted in the book, some with fold-out.
My complaint with the book is that it is a strangely-shaped volume (it is extremely narrow and tall) and is uncomfortable to hold. Still, the early chapters on Van Eyck's paintings and the historical pigments will entice painters interested in effects not possible with modern pigments.
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