A fascinating new history of art, this gloriously illustrated book reveals how materials, techniques, and ideas have evolved over the centuries, inspiring artists and giving them the means to create their most celebrated works.
Covering a comprehensive array of topics, from the first pigments and frescos to linear perspective in Renaissance paintings, the influence of photography, Impressionism, and the birth of modern art, The Story of Painting follows each step in the evolution of painting over the last 25,000 years, from the first cave paintings to the abstract works
of the last 150 years. Packed with lavish color reproductions of paintings and photographs of artists at work and the materials they used, it also focuses on key paintings from each period to analyze the techniques and secrets of the great masters in detail.
Immerse yourself in the pages of this beautiful book and find yourself dazzled by new colors; marvel at the magic of perspective; wonder at glowing depictions of fabric and flesh; understand cubism; and embrace abstraction. It will transform your understanding and enjoyment of paintings forever.
Ross King is the award-winning author of eight books on art and architecture, including works on Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi, and Claude Monet. He has also published two novels and a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli. He is the coauthor, with Anja Grebe, of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743.