Masterpieces under the microscope

Paintings' hidden secrets revealed

"Amazingly informative and readable... An important addition to art history literature." - The Sanford Herald, United States

Is the bride pregnant? What are clogs doing on a marriage picture? Why is just one candle burning in the chandelier? And what does the mirror in the background reveal? Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen provide answers to these and other questions about 100 world-famous works of art. Guiding our eye to revealing details, they also shed fascinating light on fashions and lifestyles, loves and intrigues, politics and people, and transform our encounter with art into exciting adventure.
Vol. 1: From Antiquity to the Renaissance
Vol. 2: From Rembrandt to Rivera
The author:
Rose-Marie Hagen was born in Switzerland and studied history, Romance languages and literature in Lausanne. After further studies in Paris and Florence, she lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Rainer Hagen was born in Hamburg and graduated in literature and theatre studies in Munich. He later worked for radio and TV, most recently as chief editor of a German public broadcasting service. Together they have collaborated on several TASCHEN titles, including Masterpieces in Detail, Pieter Bruegel and Francisco de Goya.
Masterpieces in Detail

Masterpieces in Detail


Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 8.1 x 11.2 in., 770 pages
$ 59.99
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
"Unravels the symbolism, located in plain view in many Old Masters that remains overlooked by many of today's observers."
— Adventures, New York, United States
  • See also
100 Contemporary Artists A-Z (Jumbo)
100 Contemporary Artists A-Z
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.0 in., 696 pages
$ 59.99
Modern Art 1870–2000. Impressionism to Today (Jumbo)
Modern Art 1870–2000. Impressionism to Today
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.0 in., 674 pages
$ 59.99