Leonardo, Frida and the others : the history of art, 800 years, 100 artists / Camille Jouneaux ; translation: David Rocher.

Jouneaux, Camille [Browse]
  • Munich ; New York : Prestel Verlag, 2024.
  • ©2024
358 pages : illustrations (cheifly color), maps ; 24 cm


Library of Congress genre(s)
  • polychrome rdacc
  • illustration rdaill
Summary note
"When she became interested in painting, the author would visit museums and wonder about all the information she was missing. How did one style develop after another? What meanings were hidden in these works? What were these artists' lives like? How did their works survive for so many years? She longed for the kind of essential knowledge that would enable her to decode a painting loaded with references. The result of her curiosity is a highly accessible and vividly illustrated book that brings together the fundamentals of eight centuries of art. It covers the basics about such topics as how museums are structured, how painters use proportion and perspective, the anatomy of a painting. Jouneaux offers surprising comparisons between artists such as Sandro Botticelli and Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell, Delacroix and Rubens. Terms such as Baroque, Ukiyo-e, Graffiti, Cubism, Degenerate Art, and De Stijl are explored and explained. Non-western traditions are given much greater prominence than in other art history books - Chinese, Indian, Australian Aboriginal, and African Art are all included in the timeline. Numerous women artists who were overlooked during the author's own education are restored to the canon. Accompanying the unpretentious but authoritative texts are hundreds of illustrations, reproductions, timelines and sidebars."--Publisher's website.
Translation of: Léonard, Frida et les autres
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indices.
Language note
Translated from the French.
  • Eternal painting: from Giotto di Bondone to Lavinia Fontana
  • Triumphant painting: from Caravaggio to Charles Le Brun
  • Sensitive painting: from Antoine Watteau to Eugène Delacroix
  • Rebellious painting: from Gustave Courbet to Gustav Klimt
  • Radical painting: from Henri Matisse to Banksy
  • 9783791377186 (hardcover)
  • 3791377183 (hardcover)
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