In this accessible and practical guide, Patrick De Rynck and Jon Thompson explore more than 50 works, helping readers to unlock each painting’s meaning.
Clues to the meaning of the masterpieces of art history lie in a rich system of symbols, themes and motifs that often elude the modern eye. Without the intimate knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology, folklore and Christian theology so vivid in the minds of the artists and familiar to their public, we often miss the visual hints that gave contemporary meaning to a painting of an old master. Likewise, the complex themes and characteristics of modern art can intimidate and baffle the casual observer.
Brief yet illuminating explanations accompany over 150 colour illustrations, providing the means to interpret and enjoy these and many other works.