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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail By Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen

What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail
by Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen

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If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work, this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions and lifestyles, the loves and intrigues, politics and people that truly make a masterpiece.
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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail Summary


What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail by Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen

This important addition to our understanding of art history's masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover their most small and subtle elements and all they reveal about a bygone time, place, and culture.

Guiding our eye to the minutiae of subject and symbolism, authors Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen allow even the most familiar of pictures to come alive anew through their intricacies and intrigues. Is the bride pregnant? Why does the man wear a beret? How does the shadow of war hang over a scene of dancing? Along the way, we travel from Ancient Egypt through to modern Europe, from the Renaissance to the Roaring Twenties. We meet Greek heroes and poor German poets and roam from cathedrals to cabaret bars, from the Garden of Eden to a Garden Bench in rural France.

As we pick apart each painting and then reassemble it like a giant jigsaw puzzle, these celebrated canvases captivate not only in their sheer wealth of details but also in the witness they bear to the fashions and trends, people and politics, loves and lifestyles of their time.

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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail Reviews


"An informative, stylish book, full of intriguing detail. The authors' sheer love of art shines through each text and the reproductions are sumptuous." * The Good Book Guide, London *

About Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen


Rose-Marie Hagen was born in Switzerland and studied history, Romance languages, and literature in Lausanne. After further studies in Paris and Florence, she lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C.Rainer Hagen was born in Hamburg and graduated in literature and theater studies in Munich. He later worked for radio and TV, most recently as chief editor of a German public broadcasting service. Together they have collaborated on several TASCHEN titles, including Masterpieces in Detail, Pieter Bruegel, and Francisco de Goya.

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GOR008788409
What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail by Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen
Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen
Bibliotheca Universalis
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Taschen GmbH
2016-02-26
788
3836559269
9783836559263
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