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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; First Edition edition (25 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822855588
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822855584
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like the way it is presented and the essays for the individual paintings are thoughtful and informative. Highly recommended.
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From The Inside Flap: 31 Oct. 2005
By Barney book finder - Published on
The present volume brings together some of the most important paintings of the 16th century. They offer insights into long-gone worlds, into the sphere of the rich and powerful and into the daily lives of peasants and craftsmen. They uncover the stories and myths which preoccupied them, and their religious and material desires. Thus Raphael speaks in a vast fresco of the political miracles which people hoped for from the Pope; Holbein portrays the lavishness of the diplomatic lifestyle; Hans Baldung Grien shows the misery of growing old; the Swiss artist Niklaus Manuel celebrates Confederate mercenaries; Pieter Bruegel the Elder gives us a wedding feast in a barn; El Greco demonstrates, in THE BURIAL OF COUNT ORGAZ, that the kingdom of heaven is just as real as the earthly realm. No less rooted in the earthly sphere were the highly personal motives which lay behind the commissioning of these masterpieces of European art.

The authors discuss each picture not just as a work of art, but as a document of its day. The present volime represents a selection of articles originally published under the title "What Great Paintings Say" in ART magazine.
An excellent enjoyable book 12 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It puts the art of the 16th Century into the political context of the era. The paintings become not only great art but a reflection of the issues of that time. Well written and engaging.
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