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The Art Book: New Edition, Mini Format (original 1994; edição 2014)

por The Editors of Phaidon Press (Autor)

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Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Bookhas been an outstanding success and has become a well-known landmark in the art book world. Now published in over 20 different languages and in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from numerous newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists. Complemented by The 20th Century Art Bookand The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art alive. An A-Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Bookrepresents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi-faceted culture.… (mais)
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Título:The Art Book: New Edition, Mini Format
Autores:The Editors of Phaidon Press (Autor)
Informação:Phaidon Press (2014), Edition: New, 600 pages
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A massive volume with one page for each artist. ( )
  deldevries | Apr 19, 2021 |
This very handy book is an A to Z guide of 500 painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times. Each artist is given a full page color plate showing the most representative work of the artist, along with explanatory and biographical notes. What is great about this guide is that all artists are represented together no matter what their period or school or technique was; if you want to know about an artist, you just need to know the alphabet. Glossaries are included. It is an ideal introduction to art. ( )
  nbmars | Nov 1, 2020 |
So if you re-titled this, "The (Almost Entirely Western) Painting and Sculpture (14th - 20th Century) Book, you'd know what you're in for - but it's not exactly pithy. Only the "Painting and Sculpture" part is openly acknowledged by the editors. The rest is deduced from what actually appears in the book, which is an alphabetically arranged list of 500 artists with one image each and a paragraph or two of annotation about the artist and the work displayed. There's also basic biographical details and information on the chosen image.

As the editors note, the alphabetical arrangement leads to some startling contrasts since proximate works in the book can be separated by centuries and continents in terms of their actual production. This was actually quite fun, just look elsewhere for an education on how everything fits together conceptually, geographically and historically. 500 entries gives room for all the most famous artists (given the constraints of my alternative title) with plenty of space left over for people I had not heard of, some of whom piqued my interest. It was also pleasing to find women represented as far back as the 1600s, their work being of a quality matching that of the book generally.

Great for flipping through - a perfect "coffee table" book. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I feel like this is required reading for all Art Studies 101 courses. And if not, it should be. It's not going to teach you everything there is to know about art and artists, but it is an invaluable resource for understanding the difference between Manet and Monet. ( )
  MullinsModerne | Jun 13, 2016 |
I'm almost done, and still waiting, after almost two months, for an epiphany. But I keep feeling frustrated, not only by the lack of organization, but by the choices, and by the text.

How is 'alphabetical by artist' supposed to illuminate anything? It can't. It's effectively random. There happen to be a couple of interesting juxtapositions, but those few certainly don't justify this approach.

The editors have an amazingly high Euro (and, in the more modern entries, American) bias, with only two token Japanese artists (sorry, don't remember which) and Kahlo & Rivera. Yet they don't include the truly classical, for example the Parthenon or a Grecian Urn (as in Ode to...). In fact they don't include architecture at all - expect for a stiff painting of an English manor that's more a record for the owner than art. And yet they do include Christo, of the environmental 'sculpture.'

The bias to the Euro is tiresome. ... in the northern style..." Um, hello, northern *what*? For awhile I thought Northern Italian, as I was seeing the reference primarily in the notes about works of the Florentine Renaissance, but then I saw it applied more broadly - to Northern Europe. But lower-case 'northern' is not appropriate.

And every few pages I have to wonder whether the writer of the notes is looking at the same work that I am. For example, Rivera's 'The Tortilla Maker' is *not* portraying "peasant women making tortillas.' There's one woman making tortillas, and one little girl watching.

In other painting, the so-called expert refers to 'a sister and brother' - but the male figure is significantly taller & leaner, and has male-pattern baldness. If he's not meant to be the father, rather than the brother, I want to know a lot more than one paragraph about that painting.

And so many times the notes will describe a scene, a manner, or a composition as 'tender' or 'horrifying' or 'calm' or even 'unsophisticated' and I see the exact opposite. Redon's 'The Cyclops' is not horrifying - look it up for yourself.

If the notes were meant to illuminate, to guide, they should have been written with more care, and vetted. Or at least Beta-Tested.

I will say this would be a fun app for a tablet device. I can imagine using the 'see also artist 1, artist 2, artist 3' links' to begin to discover some patterns, some meaning, or at least some implications. The app could also link the works by other tags, such as date, subject matter, sponsor (was the work commissioned by a noble, or by a church, or created in hopes of finding a gallery or buyer), medium, etc....

Hopefully now that I've vented my spleen, so to speak, I can finish the last 60 artists/works with a fresh mind and find something good to say about the book. At this point, I'm wavering between two stars for the book as a resource and an interesting idea, and one star for massive fail.
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OK, finally done. I just don't have anything to add. It never worked out in any interesting way. As an app, with instant access to any related work, probably five stars. As a page by page book, one random work by an alphabetical list of - please note - exactly 500 authors, nope.

Hey, I have another idea for a sequence that sounds facetious but would actually be enlightening - Size. What subjects are portrayed, in what medium, by the largest, the medium-sized, and the smallest works? I tell you what, whenever you're reading an art book, definitely look at the dimensions and imagine what it would be like to see the work irl. You'll be surprised which intimate scenes are writ large, and what relatively simple portraits, still lifes, etc., consume whole walls...." ( )
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Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Bookhas been an outstanding success and has become a well-known landmark in the art book world. Now published in over 20 different languages and in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from numerous newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists. Complemented by The 20th Century Art Bookand The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art alive. An A-Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Bookrepresents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi-faceted culture.

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