From the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, people have decorated their homes with still lifes of fruit, flowers and common objects. This 4study of the Western still life, from antiquity to the present, contains information on artists such as Leonardo, Brueghel, Caravaggio, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Lichtenstein, Hockney and many others, together with illustrations of their works. The text discusses not only the still lifes themselves, but also their historical and social context in all periods and countries of origin.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
The enduring power of the still life resides in a paradox: life is never still. These meticulous arrangements of succulent fruit, luminous flowers, fish out of water, broken-necked fowl, and bowls, plates, and vases of china, pewter, and glass seem to promise sensuous delights and nourishment, but they are actually images of transition--of life on the brink of decay. Each still life is emblematic of a specific time and place and of a certain metaphysical perspective. German art historian Ebert-Schifferer presents the long and fascinating history of this complex genre in a detailed and gracefully interpretative narrative that stretches from ancient Greek and Roman mosaics to twentieth-century paintings. She analyzes the glistening accuracy of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Italian and Dutch paintings, the explosion of flower paintings that followed, and more somber works evincing a keen awareness of mortality as grapes and tulips pull the eye away from insects, lizards, and skulls. Ebert-Schifferer muses on the still-life painter's inherent "desire to deceive the viewer" and explicates the symbolism of various objects and tableaus. This comprehensive, articulate, and beautifully produced volume may well become a standard in the field. Donna Seaman
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Descrizione libro Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110810941902
Descrizione libro Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 810941902
Descrizione libro Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0810941902
Descrizione libro Harry N. Abrams. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0810941902 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0481448
Descrizione libro Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0810941902