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Famous works of art--and how they got that way

Author: John B Nici
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback trade editionView all editions and formats
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"In a world filled with great museums and great paintings, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is the reigning queen. Her portrait rules over a carefully designed salon, one that was made especially for her in a museum that may seem intended for no other purpose than to showcase her virtues. What has made this portrait so renowned, commanding such adoration? And what of other works of art that continue to enthrall  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John B Nici
ISBN: 9781538104958 1538104954
OCLC Number: 1003293891
Description: xxxii, 281 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: The Great Sphinx : beyond human understanding --
The Tomb of Tutankhamun : politics, ethnic pride, hornets, a dead canary, and a curse --
The Parthenon sculptures : Lord Elgin and how Greece lost its marbles --
"Apollo Belvedere" : the rise and fall of the "Apollo Belvedere" --
"Nike of Samothrace" : the victory of the staircase --
"The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli : nothing is forever, not even neglect --
"Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci : you never know what a smile can do --
"Sistine Madonna" by Raphael : the most perfect picture in the world --
"The Burial of Count Orgaz" by El Greco : a touch of madness goes a long way --
"Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer" by Rembrandt : fame available for a price --
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze : or perhaps, "Washington Crossing the Rhine" --
"Luncheon on the Grass" by Édouard Manet : success through scandal --
"The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin : fame has its consequences --
"The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh : lost in a starry night --
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch : scream, indeed --
"American Gothic" by Grant Wood : all-American gothic --
"Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange : the power of the press --
"Guernica" by Pablo Picasso : travels with "Guernica" --
"Campbell's Soup" by Andy Warhol : Mmm Mmm Good --
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Maya Lin : The triumph of abstraction.
Responsibility: John B. Nici.

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There are many reasons why works of art become famous; few have anything to do with quality. Art museums are filled with masterworks that are unknown to the general public. This book raises questions  Read more...

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