The National Gallery Companion Guide
Revised & expanded ed
By (author) Erika Langmuir
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National Gallery Companion Guide by Erika Langmuir
Book DescriptionThis beautifully illustrated and updated National Gallery Companion Guide introduces art lovers to one of the richest and most representative collections of Western European paintings in the world. Erika Langmuir offers enlightening commentary on more than 200 of the finest works----by painters including Piero della Francesca, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, Ingres, and Degas----from the National Gallery's collection, along with masterpieces by less familiar artists. With this book, readers can trace the history of European painting from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries; develop an eye for style, technique, imagery, and genre; and learn to appreciate the talents of artists in a variety of artistic and cultural contexts. The book takes into account the latest scholarship from the National Gallery and includes discussions of the museum's newest high-profile acquisitions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857093995
(241mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: National Gallery Company Ltd
Publisher: National Gallery Company Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Erika Langmuir
Closer Look, Paperback (November 2010)
Examines the special fascination of still life, and what distinguishes it from other categories of painting. The author discusses its evolution from the trompe l'oeil wall paintings of antiquity, through its revival in the age of Caravaggio and Velazquez, and again in the works of Cezanne and Picasso.
Closer Look: Allegory, Paperback (May 2010)
When we say that 'Love is blind' or 'Time flies' - making concepts sound like living beings - we are using the language of allegory. Painters have long relied on allegory to create 'message pictures'. This guide helps readers understand the language of allegory within Western painting - be it from the National Gallery or from other collections.
Closer Look: Angels, Paperback (May 2010)
Angels are an integral part of Christian art, performing a multitude of roles. Massed together they may form a heavenly choir, glorifying the Virgin Mary or commenting on the surrounding action. This guide helps readers identify angels and their significance in a painting - be it from the National Gallery or from other collections.
Closer Look: Saints, Paperback (November 2009)» View all books by Erika Langmuir
A guide that helps readers identify saints and their significance in a painting - be it from the National Gallery or from other collections. It explains, through the National Gallery's collection of religious images, the significance of saints and their role in the history of European painting as well as different types of saints.
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Author Biography - Erika Langmuir
Erika Langmuir was formerly head of education at the National Gallery, London. She is the author of Imagining Childhood and several titles from the best-selling National Gallery Pocket Guides series, and coauthor of the Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists, all published by Yale University Press.
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