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What Great Paintings Say. Masterpieces in Detail


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If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work, this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions and lifestyles, the loves and intrigues, politics and people that truly make a masterpiece.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.22 lb664 pages
“An informative, stylish book, full of intriguing detail. The authors’ sheer love of art shines through each text and the reproductions are sumptuous.”
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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail

What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail


Under the Microscope

Paintings’ hidden secrets revealed

This important addition to our understanding of art history’s masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover their most small and subtle elements and all they reveal about a bygone time, place, and culture.

Guiding our eye to the minutiae of subject and symbolism, authors Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen allow even the most familiar of pictures to come alive anew through their intricacies and intrigues. Is the bride pregnant? Why does the man wear a beret? How does the shadow of war hang over a scene of dancing? Along the way, we travel from Ancient Egypt through to modern Europe, from the Renaissance to the Roaring Twenties. We meet Greek heroes and poor German poets and roam from cathedrals to cabaret bars, from the Garden of Eden to a Garden Bench in rural France.

As we pick apart each painting and then reassemble it like a giant jigsaw puzzle, these celebrated canvases captivate not only in their sheer wealth of details but also in the witness they bear to the fashions and trends, people and politics, loves and lifestyles of their time.
The authors

Rose-Marie Hagen (1928 - 2022) 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.

What Great Paintings Say. Masterpieces in Detail
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm1.00 kg664 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-5924-9

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-5925-6

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-5926-3

Edition: English
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6 Ratings

Well worth it

Richard,October 28, 2021
I have learned so much from this book. I'm amazed at the detail of information and quality of this book. I read it cover to cover.

Je recommande

Lionel,October 27, 2021
Très intéressant, traitant d oeuvres moins courantes qu habituellement

Para los amantes del arte

Gianluca,February 2, 2022
Un recorrido historico guiado por los cuadros. Para los amantes del arte.

Los secretos de las obras de arte

Enrique,December 22, 2021
Libro perfecto para conocer mas profundamente el arte y desgranar partes desconocidas del proceso creativo de la obra. muy recomendable.

Sehr interessantes und informatives Nachschlagwerk

Erika,December 10, 2021
Die Auslieferung erfolgte innerhalb kürzester Zeit. Die Bücherqualität ist top, und ich freue mich auf hochinteressante Lesestunden.

Je recommande

Lionel,October 27, 2021
Très intéressant, traitant d oeuvres moins courantes qu habituellement