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One Hundred Details from the National Gallery: From the National Gallery, London Hardcover – 18 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (18 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857094263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857094268
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Surely the most entertaining art book of the season. . . . Lord Clark's . . . vast erudition is conveyed in an easy, conversational style that both informs us and makes us eager for more."--Eric Gibson, Wall Street Journal--Eric Gibson"Wall Street Journal" (12/12/2008)


"One Hundred Details" offers Kenneth Clark's personal choice of details of paintings in the National Gallery, London, and his responses to them. First published in 1938, when he was Director of the Gallery, Clark chose the pictures he liked best, in the hope that we will come to like them too.The details are arranged in pairs, enabling us to see analogies and contrasts between paintings that are rarely viewed together - a faun from Piero di Cosimo, a satyr from Rubens. The commentaries are Kenneth Clark at his best, ranging from a few lines to an entire history of still life between Giotto and Picasso. The easy style makes no attempt to conceal the breadth of the author's erudition: world history and world culture are taken at the gallop and with a smile.Clark insists that there are countless ways of enjoying paintings, provided we stop, look and think. He has picked the pictures to stop at; the details we should look at. His comments, wide in scope and broad in approach, suggest lines of thought so diverse that this book will strike a chord with every reader, whatever their interests.For this new edition of "One Hundred Details", brand new reproductions from the National Gallery's state-of-the-art digital collection have been made.

This is lovingly reworked re-issue of the landmark title by Kenneth Clark, still renowned for Civilisation. It offers stunning details from his favourite paintings with his trademark commentary bring the art to life. It offers an enjoyable introduction to art history, and a fresh way of looking at the paintings.

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