Susie Hodge Thames & Hudson Published: November 2016 Price: £24.95
The joy of looking at different paintings over time is getting to know the particular piece. When first viewed, only certain aspects are taken in, but by returning to them again and again, other things can become clear.
Hodge takes 100 wellknown paintings from Giotto’s
Adoration of the Magi to 21st century Hockney. and helps you to explore them in a new light.
Essentially, this beautiful book spotlights the finer points that even connoisseurs may miss, and casts light upon minutiae that a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal. These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols. Expert commentary also reveals the technical tricks employed by the artist to achieve particular effects, such as the placement of the subject, the lighting and the style of the brush-strokes
This book also looks at the themes and external factors influencing the creation of an artwork - everything from the broad socioeconomic context in which the artist operated, to the ambient temperature at the time of the work’s creation,which can be of surprising relevance. A must for any art lover.