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A new way of seeing : the history of art in 57 works

Author: Kelly Grovier
Publisher: London ; New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From a carved mammoth tusk (c. 40,000 bce) to Duchamp's Fountain (1917), and Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights (1505-10) to Louise Bourgeois's Maman (1999), a remarkable lexicon of astonishing imagery has imprinted itself onto cultural consciousness over the past 40,000 years -- a resilient visual vocabulary whose meaning has proved elastic and endlessly renewable from era to era. It is to these works that Kelly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kelly Grovier
ISBN: 9780500239636 0500239630
OCLC Number: 1033904388
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: 01. Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions (c. 645-635 BC) --
02. Parthenon Sculptures (c. 444 BC) --
03. Terracotta Army of the First Qin Emperor (c. 210 BC) --
04. Villa of the Mysteries murals (c. 60-50 BC) --
05. Laocoon and his Sons (c. 27 BC-AD 68) --
06. Trajan's Column Apollodorus of Damascus (AD 113) --
07. Book of Kells (c. AD 800) --
08. Travellers among Mountains and Streams Fan K'uan (c. 1000) --
09. Bayeux Tapestry (c. 1077 or after) --
10. Universal Man Hildegard of Bingen (1165) --
11. Expulsion from the Garden of Eden Masaccio (c. 1427) --
12. Ghent Altarpiece Jan van Eyck (1430-32) --
13. Descent from the Cross Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1435) --
14. Annunciation Fra Angelico (c. 1438-47) --
15. Lamentation over the Dead Christ Andrea Mantegna (c. 1480) --
16. Birth of Venus Sandro Botticelli (c. 1482-85) --
17. Mona Lisa Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1503-6) --
18. Garden of Earthly Delights Hieronymus Bosch (1505-10) --
19. Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes Michelangelo (1508-12) --
20. School of Athens Raphael (1510-11) --
21. Isenheim Altarpiece Matthias Grunewald (1512-16) --
22. Bacchus and Ariadne Titian (1520-23) --
23. Self-Portrait Catharina van Hemessen (1548) --
24. Crucifixion Tintoretto (1565-87) --
25. Supper at Emmaus Caravaggio (1601) --
26. Ecstasy of St Teresa Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1647-52) --
27. Las Meninas Diego Velazquez (1656) --
28. Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer (c. 1665) --
29. Self-Portrait with Two Circles Rembrandt van Rijn (c. 1665-69) --
30. Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump Joseph Wright of Derby (1768) --
31. Nightmare Henry Fuseli (1781) --
32. Third of May 1808 Francisco Goya (1814) --
33. Hay Wain John Constable (1821) --
34. Rain, Steam, and Speed --
The Great Western Railway J. M. W. Turner (1844) --
35. Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother) James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1871) --
36. Thinker Auguste Rodin (1880-1904) --
37. Bar at the Folies-Bergere Edouard Manet (1882) --
38. Bathers at Asnieres Georges Seurat (1884) --
39. Scream Edvard Munch (1893) --
40. Large Bathers Paul Cezanne (1900-6) --
41. Group IV, No. 7, Adulthood Hilma af Klint (1907) --
42. Kiss Gustav Klimt (1907) --
43. Dance Henri Matisse (1909-10) --
44. Water Lilies Claude Monet (1914-26) --
45. Fountain Marcel Duchamp (1917) --
46. American Gothic Grant Wood (1930) --
47. Persistence of Memory Salvador Dali (1931) --
48. Guernica Pablo Picasso (1937) --
49. L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode: cours elementaire d'histoire naturelle Joseph Cornell (1940) --
50. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Frida Kahlo (1940) --
51. One: Number 31 Jackson Pollock (1950) --
52. Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X Francis Bacon (1953) --
53. Brillo Boxes Andy Warhol (1964) --
54. Backs and Fronts Sean Scully 1981 --
55. Betty Gerhard Richter (1988) --
56. Maman Louise Bourgeois (1999) --
57. Artist is Present Marina Abramovic (2010).
Responsibility: Kelly Grovier.

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