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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail

Hardcover with fold-outs, 9.6 x 13.4 in., 10.38 lb, 762 pages
US$ 70
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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.

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Under the Microscope

The secrets behind world-renowned masterpieces
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 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 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. 100 Masterpieces in Detail
Hardcover with fold-outs, 9.6 x 13.4 in., 10.38 lb, 762 pages

Customer reviews (1)

Ideal for making a first discovery of art

Maxime, September 05, 2021
Art is something impossible to summarise because of the large number of artists, works, style, meaning,... and this may scare the person wanting to discover art but adorned with information.

This book allows you to review the great artistic masterpieces of Egypt to contemporary art and a multitude of different artists and works. It allows you to discover major works to unravel all the mysteries in detail !

Corresponds to the neophyte, but also to the expert !