Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists and Their Work

Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists and Their Work

Susie Hodge

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1623650909

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the influential craftsmen of the high renaissance to the Dutch masters, and from the rococo and neoclassical movements of the 18th century to romanticism, modernism and contemporary art, the lives of the great artists are as varied and multifaceted as the works of creative genius they produced.

The Great Art Guide introduces readers to 100 of the world's most important artists, from the 13th century to the present. Works by artists such as Caravaggio, Vermeer, van Gogh and Warhol are arranged chronologically and set in their historical context by Susie Hodge's authoritative narrative.

Succinct and insightful artist profiles are accompanied by high-quality reproductions of the individual's most significant works of art. Including a glossary of key terms and a comprehensive list of the most important art institutions from across the globe, this concise and readable guide is a joy for students of art or anyone wanting to know more about great works of art.

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Working largely on his own for four years, he covered the vast barrel-vaulted ceiling with nearly 350 life-sized figures, including prophets and sibyls, decorative medallions, slaves—or what Michelangelo called ignudi (nude figures)—and biblical scenes. Later, he painted The Last Judgment, a fresco on the altar wall of the chapel. Just after the ceiling frescoes were completed, in 1513, Pope Julius died, his tomb barely started. For many years, Michelangelo worked intermittently on it,

premature death of Ambrosius in 1519, Hans returned to Basel. There he worked in a print and publishing workshop that was a meeting place for local intellectuals, and he made friends with the humanist scholar, Desiderius Erasmus. Holbein soon earned a name for himself as a talented portraitist, painting the mayor of Basel and his wife and three portraits of the great Renaissance scholar Erasmus. But he did not restrict himself to portraiture and his output was extremely productive and varied,

viewers. His shimmering silver satin jacket and the soft brushwork propel him to the fore. The most gifted pupil of the great Rubens, Anthony van Dyck became one of Europe’s greatest portrait painters. His depictions of royal and aristocratic sitters characterized the Stuart era and influenced English portrait painting for the next 150 years. After Rubens, van Dyck was the most important Flemish painter of the 17th century. As well as working in oils, he painted in watercolor and also

produced engravings and etchings that publicized his work to a wider audience. Born in Antwerp to a wealthy family, by the age of about ten he was apprenticed to Hendrick van Balen (1575–1632), a skillful Flemish artist. Showing significant early precocity, by the time he was 16 van Dyck set up his own studio with Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601–78). In 1618, he was admitted to the Antwerp painters’ Guild of Saint Luke, the most renowned of artists’ guilds, which meant that he could take on

of other young artists, by a physician and art collector, Dr. Thomas Munro (1759–1833). From 1791, he went on regular sketching tours around Britain, producing drawings that he used later as the basis for watercolor views or engravings. He exhibited his first oil painting at the Royal Academy when he was 21, and three years later, he was made an Associate of the Academy. At the age of 26, he became the second youngest person to be elected as a full member of the academy. A hugely productive

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