Beyond the emotion felt, interpreting a painting, a photo or any work of art is not always obvious when you are a neophyte in the field. Are you passionate about artistic creation and want to understand a work of art, discover its technical aspects or know its origin? These books will enchant you.
1. History of Art by Ernst Hans Gombrich
First published in 1950, Gombrich’s “History of Art” is one of the most famous and popular books ever published in the field of art. The book covers the entire history of art from the primitives to the present day.
2. You can’t see anything – Daniel Arasse
In this book, the great art critic Daniel Arasse questions the wonderful mysteries of painting. He lifts the veil by telling us in detail about some famous paintings.
3. Poetics Perì Poiêtikês – Aristote
Written around 335 BC, this work by Aristotle discusses the art of poetry and in particular the different notions of tragedy, epic and limitation.
4. History of paintings – Daniel Arasse
“From the invention of perspective to the disappearance of the figure,” Daniel Arasse invites his readers to travel through six centuries reliving several key moments in the history of painting.
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5. The work of art in the age of its technical reproducibility – Walter Benjamin (1935)
German philosopher, literary critic and art critic Walter Benjamin wrote this work in 1935. In this essay, the author raises one of the major questions concerning modern art: “What distinguishes a work of art from its copy or photograph ?”
6. All about art- Published by Flammarion
In order to best explain the evolution of art through the centuries and continents, a group of experts, historians, critics, artists and teachers have participated in the elaboration of this book. You will also find comments on 1600 works and also on the main movements in the history of art.
7. The Little Larousse of Art History – Vincent Brocvielle
Thanks to this Little Larousse of Art History, you will discover the great periods, the different styles and artistic movements, the masterpieces of painting, architecture and sculpture.
Sources : Senscritique, Babelio