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Art : the critics' choice : 150 masterpieces of western art selected and defined by the experts
Vaizey, Marina.
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New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 1999.
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368 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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In a refreshingly different approach to art history, this masterful survey tells the story of art through a cross-section of exemplary works selected, explained, and explored by word-renowned experts.

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Booklist Review

The experience of reading Art: The Critics' Choice isn't exactly the same as taking a guided walking tour through an art museum, but it comes quite close. In place of the human or audio guides normally provided by museums to help visitors understand the artworks on display, the book offers well-written (by art critics), self-contained essays to explain each of the 150 masterpieces of Western art showcased within its pages. Editor Vaizey has divided 2,000 years of Western art into 10 distinct periods (e.g., the Early Renaissance and the High Renaissance; the Early Twentieth Century and the Late Twentieth Century), each introduced by a short overview essay and then followed by 15 masterpieces that best represent the spirit of that particular time. For anyone who has ever wondered about the social, historical, and aesthetic significance of works such as Bellini's St. Francis, Ingres' The Odalisque with the Slave, and Frida Kahlo's My Nurse and I, or I Suckle, this book serves as a welcome introduction. --Veronica Scrol

Library Journal Review

In Vaizey's Art: The Critics' Choice, art historians have selected their favorite works of Western art or those they deem the most influential from Antiquity through the present. Concise overviews of each period provide a good introduction for the novice and a handy brush-up for those familiar with the material. As with any personal "best of" listing, there's bound to be arguments over the merits of what was selected and what omitted. In general, however, most of the icons of Western art are presentÄit's only when the authors move into the later 20th century that the choices become debatable. In contrast, Cole's The Informed Eye is the focused aesthetic opinion of a single art historian. Covering roughly the same time period, Cole provides rough thumbnail sketches of artists' lives and the creation of their work, which he then places in the larger context of Western art history. Cole builds persuasive arguments for each "masterpiece" he selects; as in Vaizey's work, there are no major surprises. Both volumes are appropriate for newcomers to art history seeking a quick introduction as well as for more seasoned viewers in search of an aesthetic debate, and they complement each other stylistically: Cole's train of thought is more coherent, while Vaizey's book presents more color illustrations in a larger format. Recommended particularly for public libraries with an interest in art and architecture.ÄMartin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

John RussellMarina VaizeyJas ElsnerMichael KauffmannPaul HillsSharon FermorJ. Douglas StewartPaul TaylorAdelheid GealtChristopher RiopelleRichard R. BretellJill LloydMarco LivingstoneMarina Vaizey
Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 8
Introduction: Greco-Roman and Early Christian Artp. 10
Chapter 1 The Middle Agesp. 34
Chapter 2 The Early Renaissancep. 66
Chapter 3 The High Renaissance and Mannerismp. 98
Chapter 4 The Baroquep. 130
Chapter 5 Northern Europep. 162
Chapter 6 The Eighteenth Centuryp. 194
Chapter 7 The Early Nineteenth Centuryp. 226
Chapter 8 Modern Artp. 258
Chapter 9 The Early Twentieth Centuryp. 290
Chapter 10 The Late Twentieth Centuryp. 322
Endpiecep. 354
Bibliographyp. 360
Glossaryp. 362
Indexp. 364
Acknowledgmentsp. 368