Understanding paintings - Patrick de Rynck

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Title
Understanding paintings - Bible stories and classical myths in art
Author
Patrick de Rynck
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Thames and Hudson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20090518

For centuries, Bible stories and ancient Greek and Roman mythology were the main subjects of Western art. Old Masters such as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt and countless others rendered these stirring, poignant, bloodthirsty and often erotic tales on panel or canvas, in the process creating a familiar way of visualizing our collective imagination. Here, Patrick de Rynck examines over 200 of these works. The result is a book that explores the roots of Western civilization from three different angles: it introduces or re-introduces the reader to the best-known stories from the Bible and mythology; it presents a selection of exquisite masterpieces by some of the world's greatest painters; and it shows the reader how those painters interpreted these famous scenes.

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Patrick de Rynck is a classicist and translator. He is the author of several books, including How to Read a Painting and Understanding Paintings, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Mythology, Classical, in art.|Art criticism.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
359

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