I am no artist. Yet, I'm fascinated about art. I've often wandered around galleries (Uffizi, Prado, National, Louvre), seen religious pictures, portraits, which are obviously very beautiful, but not really known how to understand the differences between them, or put into words their impact. The "language" of art's been rather a mystery. For ages I've been searching for a book to explain in terms I can relate to.... At last, Eureka!: here is a book which describes in intelligible English,(I'm afraid it does help that Mr. Steer is English. American English becomes more and more a different language to us, not surprisingly), and with great sensitivity, the effects paintings have on us, and then shows how these effects are actually created. Different styles are analysed clearly and put into their historical context.
Although Venetian art is the specific topic of this book, I feel I have learnt from it so much more about Art in general, I will look at paintings with greater confidence and knowledge.
Like all good teachers, Mr. Steer has shown me how to set about understanding the subject for myself.