Famous Paintings An Introduction to Art Author:Alice Elizabeth Chase This handsome book opens wide the door to the vast, wonderful world of art, through 54 large, full-color reproductions of famous paintings and 130 black and white reproductions--treasures from ancient times up to our own day, assembled especially for the beginning student in art appreciation. — In these pages you will learn why each painting is a... more » priceless masterpiece, why the painter was interested in the subject, and why he painted it as he did. You also will see how other artists in other periods painted similar subjects, and learn about great styles of painting through the ages.
Here you will see pictures of people and scenes from every age and every part of the world: a Mexican flower vendor bending under his load...a Sunday afternoon in a Paris park...a lion hunt in ancient Assyria...a deer hunt in colonial America...Dutch children playing at games...a vision of God creating Man...the Magi bringing gifts to the Holy Infant...David slaying Goliath...a boat tossing on the Gulf Stream...trains in a smoky French railroad station...American prizefighters...Greek wrestlers...a Flemish carnival--all vivid and unforgettable.
Famous Paintings, universally acclaimed in an earlier edition, is here expanded in scope, revised and enlarged. From the reproductions and the expertly prepared text the reader will gain valuable insights on how to look at paintings and to understand and appreciate them, so that the works of the masters will become in fact a part of the reader's self, enriching and broadening life in a thousand golden ways.« less