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“The Hagens’ sheer love of art shines through each text and the reproductions are sumptuous.”
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Les dessous des chefs-d'œuvre. Belles et nues

Hardcover8.3 x 10.2 in.1.23 lb96 pages20
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Art history’s most important nudes bare all in this fascinating investigation into the covert historical and narrative details of naked masterworks. Through the revealing lens of authors Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen—and with crisp, enlarged details and in-depth analytical essays—deities, lovers, and otherworldly creatures alike cease to be two-dimensional and come to full hot-blooded life.
What Great Paintings Say. Beautiful Nudes

What Great Paintings Say. Beautiful Nudes


Secrets of the Flesh

The naked truths of famous masterworks

It might seem like the sitters and subjects of art history’s greatest nude paintings have little left to show, but don't be fooled: there is more than meets the eye in these naked masterworks. Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen guide us into the secrets of the flesh, coupling extended discussions with crisp, enlarged details of 12 iconic works from the canon of art history.

Biblical tales of morality or modern portrayals of leisure, works such as Tintoretto’s Susanna and the Elders or Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass offer diverse visions of natural beauty. Each artwork is presented in reproductions of the highest quality, sourced directly from the original, located in collections of the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Uffizi, and many others.

From works depicting ultimate feminine grace, like Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, to Hans Baldung’s mesmerizing image of the body’s decline in The Three Ages of Man and Death, these paintings are unified in their masterful rendering of the bare human form—both in life and beyond. Through this exploration into the covert secrets of nude works, they cease to be two-dimensional and come to full hot-blooded life.
The authors

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 theater 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.

Les dessous des chefs-d'œuvre. Belles et nues
Hardcover21 x 26 cm0.56 kg96 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6972-9

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-7054-1

Edition: Spanish



4 Ratings

Almost porn but amazing

Emanuele,October 27, 2021
I loved reading it


Anne S.,October 27, 2021
Perfect addition to an ever growing collection

La búsqueda de la belleza

Alvaro M.,December 17, 2021
Este libro es un viaje que transita esa búsqueda de la belleza que los artistas han realizado a través del tiempo. Un must.

Gute Recherche und Entschlüsselung

Andrea,October 29, 2021
Das Buch ist informativ und gibt neue Perspektiven.