The Paintings that Revolutionized Art

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This beautifully illustrated, delightfully informative collection of 100 of the world's most significant paintings covers nearly every period, culture, and style. What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of the illuminated manuscript? Why is Dürer's self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner's Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? What's so great about Jasper Johns's Flag? And who was Whistler's mother, anyway? Art history is filled with paintings that shocked, intrigued, enraged, and mystified their audiences–paintings that exemplified the period in which they were created and forever changed the way we think. Here, 100 examples of these icons of art are presented in beautiful, high-quality reproductions. Each spread features comparative illustrations and details as well as an engaging text that explains why that particular painting belongs in the pantheon of world-changing art.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379134790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791347905
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

A concise selection of art

One person found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2014
By Balmaha
I can’t imagine trying to select just 100 pieces of art to symbolize art through the ages, but this book does a magnificent job. Short explanations of why the art was chosen is provided along with full page photographs of the art. While we all might have differences in opinion about the art that was chosen, I think this is a marvelous collection that fairly represents art over time. It’s admitted up front that this focus is mainly on Western art — Europe and America, with one exception. The printing is well done and shows some enlargements for certain art pieces. No regrets buying this book.

Great book, even my daughter loved it

 on December 1, 2014
Great book, even my daughter loved it… would have loved for it to have more history but it is just great to awaken the mind and make them search for more

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on November 22, 2014
By Paul B
Using it to redefine how I teach my class.

Highly recommended.

 on April 18, 2015
By cy
Short comments given for the artist. Explanation for the paintings were given.

Very Interesting

One person found this helpful.
 on June 28, 2014
By Devibb
My professor based the whole semester on whatever was in this book and i passed the class with an A. Its a very well written, cut to the chase book.

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