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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the masterpieces of Gossaert, 17 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Van Eyck to Gossaert: Towards a Northern Renaissance (Hardcover)
As stated in the previous review, this book has been published to accompany the exhibition "Jan Gossaert's Renaissance" held at the National Gallery between February and May 2011, featuring over 80 works by Gossaert as well as other important Northern Renaissance artists, the most celebrated being Albrecht Dürer; all of the paintings on display are beautifully reproduced within the pages of this beautifully reproduced catalogue, together with liner notes to accompany each of the paintings. Gossaert and his style were particularly important to the evolution of art in the Low Countries, as it was heavily influenced by the Italian artists and their style.

A number of the paintings making up this exhibition were already in the National Gallery's existing collection, however others are on loan from other galleries located in Vienna, Madrid, Washington, and the Royal Collection, amongst others. Themes and influences are explored in this exhibition, such as Gossaert's interest in the Gothic tradition, mythological imagery, the Virgin and Child, and nudes of Adam and Eve. However amongst these themes explored in the pages of the book, one of the most significant aspect of the exhibition was Gossaerts approach and style of portraiture.

In addition to the information about the paintings, the author of the book, Susan Frances Jones, has shown her knowledge of the subject and demonstrates this by writing in a clear, concise and informative approach without confusing the reader or by writing too much to confuse and detract the reader from the beauty of the works on display. As stated previously, the reproductions of the paintings is splendid, with accurate reproductions showing the beauty and sumptuousness of the works so that those who purchase this book will not feel misled and may actually feel pangs of regret at not having gone to see the exhibition when it was held for the sheer beauty, detail and skill that went into creating such masterpieces.
A superb and worthy accompaniment to a splendid exhibition and an excellent introduction for those unaware of the splendour of Northern Renaissance painting. A beautiful coffee table book to own from cover to cover, well written without recourse to ramble, and complete with plentiful full colour, detailed illustrations. Highly recommended; in short, a wonderful and essential addition to the library of anyone appreciative of Renaissance art.
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