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Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Lunday , Mario Zucca
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Book Description

With outraeous anecdotes about everyone from Leonardo (alleged sodomist) to Caraviaggio (convicted murderer) to Edward Hopper (alleged wife beater), Secret Lives of Great Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international art. You’ll learn that Michelangelo’s body odor was so bad, his assistants couldn’t stand working for him; that Vincent van Gogh sometimes ate paint directly from the tube; and Georgia O’Keeffe loved to paint in the nude. This is one art history lesson you’ll never forget!

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About the Author

Elizabeth Lunday is a journalist specializing in architecture and art. She writes the "Masterpieces" column for Mental_Floss magazine and lives in Forth Worth, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 76597 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQA2BY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #664,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives of Great Artists 26 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic read, excellent book. Worth the money. Delivered on good time. Well written, good illustrations. Would recommend this book to students of art especially.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Secrets we actually do kind of know already...Theres my twelve bucks down the drain.... 12 Dec. 2009
By ark - Published on
I have just finished my book after reading it for mmm... maybe half a day. I have to say I had high hopes for this book at first glance. I really wanted to see what kind of dirt the writer had to offer. And I have to say that I was none to impressed with the research. I mean the title itself is a little misleading. But perhaps its because I majored in Art and am teaching it myself. But while reading the book, I felt as if the writer could have put more effort into "finding out secrets" instead of just reitterating the ones we already know. Yes she put together a nice short summary for each artist, but the illustrations in the book were probally the only interesting parts of this book. If I had wanted a short biography of each artist, this book would have been great. If your looking for more than what you learned in your College Art History classes or from Wikipedia, this book is not for you.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secret lives 28 Jan. 2009
By Lisa M. Biddle - Published on
Not too bad. It's like an art history review with some extra tips you don't learn in class. The really juicy parts don't have too much detail though, unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, couldn't ask for more 3 Oct. 2011
By amorfortuna2 - Published on
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I found this to be succinct and fascinating. This is my 3rd 'Secret Lives' book and I think this one is right on par with the authors and composers editions. Great short reads, not meant to be a complete history of anyone, obviously, but perfect at someone at a moderate knowledge level of a subject. Makes me interested to know much more about some of these artists. Great series!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun record of art history. 4 Jan. 2011
By mirogljm - Published on
I enjoyed this book a lot. I did know a lot of the information already (I minored in Art History and teach high school art) it's kind of nice to have all of this fun information compiled into one book. I love sharing some of the (appropriate) information in this book with students because it really helps them remember artists and their work. I've also got to say, I love the illustrations in this book--they're hilarious!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book 14 July 2014
By Elizabeth Vasilion - Published on
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Love the book, but I wish there were pictures to go with the paintings , I've seen the paintings but nothing like having it in front of you to check out what she is pointing out.
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