Art That Changed the World

Art That Changed the World

DK Publishing

Language: English

Pages: 402


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Art That Changed the World tells the story of every major art style, movement by movement, giving art lovers a visual timeline showing key paintings that sparked each transition and explaining major events that shaped their evolution.

Each section features a lavish double-page image of an influential painting that defines each artistic style. Seminal works of genius are portrayed in their historical context, with attention paid to the culture of the time and the lives of their creators.

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practices of local Bushmen. Since then, scholars have explored parallels with European cave painting. c.34,000 BCE The Aurignacian industry, named after a site in Aurignac, emerges in France. The earliest cave paintings are produced. c.28,000–20,000 BCE The time of the Gravettian industry, named after a site at La Gravette in the Dordogne area of France. The Venus figurines date from this period. c.16,000–10,000 BCE The closing phase of the Upper Paleolithic era is the Magdalenian industry, named

portrait is so small that it would be easy to miss it. In the Wilton Diptych, however, it seems as if the king has been granted a private audience with the Virgin. The Infant Christ appears to be reaching out toward him, and the angels are wearing badges with a white hart, Richard’s personal emblem. Only the flowers beneath Mary’s feet confirm that they are in separate planes: she is holding court in the gardens of Paradise. Nothing is known about the origins of the painting, although it is safe to

friend Quentin Massys (who became guardian of his children after his death). Baldung was probably a pupil of Dürer. His paintings and prints included a variety of subjects, but he is best known for macabre, erotic allegories involving witches or young women being embraced by Death. The inevitability of death was a preoccupation of many Northern Renaissance artists. Charon Crossing the Styx Joachim Patinir c.1515–24 Prado, Madrid, Spain In classical legend, Charon ferried souls of the dead to

Decree of the Council of Trent The Transfiguration Raphael 1518–20 Pinacoteca, Vatican Raphael was working on this great altarpiece when he died. Its agitated theatricality, particularly in the lower scene involving the healing of the possessed boy, differs from the serenity and balance of his earlier work. The exaggerated gestures, disjointed poses, and unharmonious lighting show Raphael moving away from the ideal art of the High Renaissance toward a Mannerist style. 137 Last Judgment

Italy Annibale Carracci’s wonderful draftsmanship was an inspiration to many artists who followed him. Vouet followed him in stressing the importance of drawing as the foundation of painting and urged his pupils “to set this study above all others.” Head of a girl, c.1585, exemplifies Annibale’s sensitive observation and exquisite handling of red chalk. Chatsworth Caravaggio’s dramatic use of light and shade was influential on French painters working in Rome (including Vouet) and also in some

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