Avec ses 2 500 illustrations choisies parmi les plus extraordinaires chefs-d'oeuvre de tous les temps, ce livre nous fait voyager à travers l'histoire de l'art par le biais des images. Rassemblées dans un musée idéal puisant dans les collections du monde entier, peintures, sculptures, photographies sont observées, décryptées et commentées par les meilleurs spécialistes. Proposant un parcours chronologique de la Préhistoire à nos jours, cet ouvrage unique en son genre est la nouvelle référence en histoire de l'art.
A guide to paintings and sculpture from around the world. It helps you to bring a gallery of more than 2,500 of the world's most influential paintings and sculptures and learn what you need to know about art history. It enables you to learn how to 'read' composition, subject matter, technique and style as key paintings are examined.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew Graham-Dixon describes brilliantly in this book, are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violence. On the streets surrounding the churches and palaces, brawls and swordfights were regular occurrences. In the course of this desperate life Caravaggio created the most dramatic paintings of his age, using ordinary men and women - often prostitutes and the very poor - to model for his depictions of classic religious scenes. Andrew Graham-Dixon's exceptionally illuminating readings of Caravaggio'spictures, which are the heart of the book, show very clearly how he created their drama, immediacy and humanity, and how completely he departed from the conventions of his time.