The purpose of this volume is to introduce the reader to the pleasure of looking at master drawings. Through forty-five spectacular works of art, each shown in full and with an enlarged detail, the book simulates the experience of looking at a drawing through a magnifying glass: we can see the techniques and materials used and get close to the artist's creativity. They are roughly ordered by date and were chosen for inclusion because, in addition to yielding beautiful details, they encompass a wide variety of media and techniques. Accompanying short texts highlight particular aspects of each work; italicized technical terms are explained in an accessible and informative glossary at the back. Works by some of the greatest masters of the craft--Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Ingres, Goya, Seurat, and Van Gogh--are included.
The reader will gain insights into why artists made drawings, how they used the media available to them--including red chalk, watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel--and their techniques, such as hatching, stumping, squaring, and heightening. This beautiful and unpretentious book will have a wide appeal and will be especially invaluable for art students, practicing artists, and those who study art and art history.
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Julian Brooks is associate curator in the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
“All in all, this is a book worth having, especially for those who have not gotten excited about drawings before. The luscious details illustrated here may well get them hooked.”—Fine Art Connoisseur
“What makes the book worthy of a place in any library is the way it causes small gasps of pleasure as one experiences the genius of these artists and the excellence of the marks they made. Highly recommended.”—Choice
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008018756
Book Description Dieser kleine Band gibt einen Einblick in die größten Zeichnungen der Kunstgeschichte. Mit spektakulär vergrößerten Ausschnitten wird der Strich des Künstlers nachvollziehbar, seine Motive und Materialien sichtbar. Das Buch richtet sich sowohl an kunstgeschichtlich interessierte als auch an solche, die gerne selber Zeichnen und von den Großen Meistern dazulernen möchten. (Text engl.) 24 x 24 cm, 136 Seiten, 95 Abbildungen, davon 90 in Farbe, pb. Bookseller Inventory # 480169
Book Description British Museum Press, 2010. Book Condition: D'occasion - Très bon état. RARE. Bookseller Inventory # 8R-387X-ZPP0