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Beneath the Surface - A Thousand Years of Artists at Work Hardcover – Abridged, Audiobook, Box set

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711227569
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 23.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Abrahams takes us to the heart of art, showing how paintings have been created, the text following her progress as she experiments with the materials used and the techniques employed, and step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how each painting style was achieved. We, the readers, feel we are standing at her shoulder as she murmurs her experience of stepping into the shoes of a Michelangelo or Titan, gaining a whole new way of experiencing art."
(Publishing News)

"Most of us at some point will have stood before a work of art in awe, wondering at the skill in its execution - the fineness of brush stroke, layering of paint or purity of line. The job of the art historian is to look more closely; few, however, take quite the hands-on approach of Philippa Abrahams. An artist and conservator, she constructs each stroke, layer or line in the interests of research, demonstrating changing materials, techniques and preoccupations in the history of art. The results are a delight to the artist and casual enthusiast alike - and the reconstruction of such works as a Michelangelo study or a Titan oil is surely forgery of the most harmless and educational kind."
(House & Garden)

"In Beneath the Surface [Philippa Abrahams's] enthusiasm, sense of humour and expertise are pervasive - both in the text and lavish illustrations."
(Ham & High)

"With a technical subject of this kind, there is always a risk that the book may read like an extended glossary or, worse still, a soporific lecture. Happily there are no such worries here. Abrahams's tone is light and conversational, and the text is pepppered with lively anecdotes. Non-practising art lovers should derive particular enjoyment from this book and, it is safe to say, may never look at a painting in quite the same way again."
(Art Quarterly)

"Abrahams's direct approach and enthusiasm are infectious and make this book a requisite for any museum dealing with painting and drawing."
(Museums Journal)

About the Author

Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Philippa Abrahams is an artist, conservator, museum education consultant and teacher, and an expert on historic art materials and painting and drawing techniques. She has contributed to several television and radio programmes, advising on techniques and materials and demonstrating the working methods of artists including Michelangelo, Titian, Seurat and Whistler. This is her first book.

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Mostwonderfully presented book, describing and illustrating painting structures over the ages. It covers all aspects of fine art - scintillating illuminated manuscript to the grand scale fresco; Cennini's Egg Tempera methodology to Jackson Pollocks experimentation with Acrylics. And not only is it so easily read, but Philippa Abrahams puts her teaching into practise with test demos to accompany.
She includes you into her world, rather than talk down to you from a pedestal.
Any one, fine artist, popular artist, art enthusiast, whatever, who has spent time wondering what goes into the making of drawings and paintings, the actual nuts and bolts of it all, rather than the inspiration behind it, should never miss this beautiful book.
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This book gives you an insight of "how it used to be done". If you are
serious at exploring techniques of old masters this is the book to read and use. I shall treasure it and go back to it in the future as an artist who is exploring new techniques.
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