BOOK RE­VIEW

Susie Hodge Thames & Hud­son Pub­lished: Novem­ber 2016 Price: £24.95

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CONTENTS -

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.

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