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Simon Schama follows the success of A HISTORY OF BRITAIN with his explosive new series and book on the history of creativity. Taking as his starting point eight famous painters and their great masterpieces, Schama transports the reader back to the intense moment in history when these works were conceived and born. In each case the artist - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - is backed into a corner, facing a crisis; given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time. But this is more than a story about art and artists. As Schama takes us back to the birthplace of these masterpieces - to the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; the madhouses and brothels of Provence and the carnage of civil war Spain - a very modern history of the Western world unfolds. Schama's epic story of the unfolding force of the visual imagination will make you look at art in a way you've never looked beforea

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2006
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780563487104

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* 'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. 'The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality...' * With the same disarming force, Power of Art jolts us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, as Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art for ever. * The embattled heroes - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - faced crisis with steadfast defiance. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With powerfully vivid story-telling, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of civil-war Spain. * Most compelling of all, Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works 'tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript... "OK, OK, but what's art really for?"'

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Bodley Head Childrens
Release: 2009
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 1847921183

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We live in an era of aesthetics. Art has become both pervasive and powerful – it is displayed not only in museums and galleries but also on the walls of corporations and it is increasingly fused with design. But what makes art so powerful, and in what does its power consist? According to a widespread view, the power of art – its beauty – lies in the eye of the beholder. What counts as art appears to be a function of individual acts of evaluation supported by powerful institutions. On this account, the power of art stems from a force that is not itself aesthetic, such as the art market and the financial power of speculators. Art expresses, in a disguised form, the power of something else – like money – that lies behind it. In one word, art has lost its autonomy. In this short book, Markus Gabriel rejects this view. He argues that art is essentially uncontrollable. It is in the nature of the work of art to be autonomous to such a degree that the art world will never manage to overpower it. Ever since the cave paintings of Lascaux, art has taken hold of the human mind and implemented itself in our very being. Thanks to the emergence of art we became human beings, that is, beings who lead their lives in light of an image of the human being and its position in the world and in relation to other species. Due to its structural, ontological power, art itself is and remains radically autonomous. Yet, this power is highly ambiguous, as we cannot control its unfolding. In this book, a leading proponent of New Realism applies this philosophical perspective to art to create a new aesthetic realism.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Markus Gabriel
Publisher: Polity
Release: 2020-08-03
File: 100 Pages
ISBN-13: 1509540962

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Compelling and accessible, THE POWER OF ART features gorgeous images and themes that connect with today's students and an engaging writing style that's praised by instructors and students alike. The revised third edition delivers a brief yet comprehensive survey which demonstrates that art is everywhere and relevant to all students. The text incorporates global material, reflecting cultural intersections and mutual influences--and Art News boxes present real events, connecting art to students' lives. In addition to excellent art history coverage, THE POWER OF ART features a diverse mix of artists and spotlights current trends in artistic mediums and themes. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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Genre: Art
Author: Richard L. Lewis
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release: 2018-01-01
File: 50 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781337555555

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Compelling, comprehensive, and accessible, Lewis and Lewis’s THE POWER OF ART, 3e features an exciting new layout and gorgeous images. Students continue to praise the engaging, conversational writing style that will make it easy for you to both understand and enjoy reading the material. THE POWER OF ART delivers a brief, yet comprehensive survey, demonstrating that art is all around you and relevant to you - no matter what your major happen to be. The text incorporates global material throughout to demonstrate cultural intersections and mutual influences. Art News boxes present real events that connect art to your life. In addition to excellent art history coverage, THE POWER OF ART features a diverse mix of artists and spotlights the latest technologies used to create art. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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Genre: Art
Author: Richard Lewis
Publisher: Nelson Education
Release: 2013-01-01
File: 544 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781285608563

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"Great art has dreadful manners," Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. "The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . ." With the same disarming force, The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever. The embattled heroes—Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko—each in his own resolute way, faced crisis with steadfast defiance, pitting passion and conviction against scorn and short-sightedness. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With vivid storytelling and powerfully evocative descriptive passages, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of Civil War Spain. Most compelling of all, The Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight "eye-popping" world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works "tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that, they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript . . . 'OK, OK, but what's art really for?'"

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2006-11-07
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780061176104

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"Great art has dreadful manners," Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. "The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . ." With the same disarming force, The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever. The embattled heroes—Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko—each in his own resolute way, faced crisis with steadfast defiance, pitting passion and conviction against scorn and short-sightedness. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With vivid storytelling and powerfully evocative descriptive passages, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of Civil War Spain. Most compelling of all, The Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight "eye-popping" world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works "tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that, they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript . . . 'OK, OK, but what's art really for?'"

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2006-11-07
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780061176104

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"This volume is an impressive integration of science and humanities in accounting for the role of art in human evolution and individual development."--Michael Posner PhD Michael Posner, PhD is professor emeritus at the Univesity of Oregon and adjunct professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Medical College at Cornell University. He is a member of the Dana Foundation Arts and Cognition Consortium.

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Genre: Art
Author: Phillip Romero
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2010-06
File: 102 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781450065771

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Brief, visual, and relevant, THE POWER OF ART, 2e delivers an engaging, jargon-free survey for the art appreciation course. Richard and Susan Lewis open students' eyes to the power of art with their captivating writing, so lively and succinct that students are able to complete their reading quickly, concentrate on the accompanying illustrations, and come to class prepared. The book's reproductions -- larger than in other art appreciation texts -- make it easier for students to focus on key details important to understanding the artwork. The text does an exceptional job of focusing on the Western tradition while incorporating non-Western material in key points to demonstrate cultural intersections and mutual influences. Clear discussions of artistic forms and art in Western culture are complemented by boxed features like the new Art Issues, Art News, and Global View that highlight the relevance of art today, controversial topics, and the impact of non-Western cultures on the West. In addition to its excellent art history coverage, THE POWER OF ART features a diverse mix of artists and spotlights the latest technologies used to create art. This solid text also is bolstered by innovative supplements like PowerLecture, a Digital Image Library, ArtExperience Online, WebTutor Toolbox, and more. The Advantage pricing of this text delivers an unrivaled value for instructors and students alike. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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Genre: Art
Author: Richard L. Lewis
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release: 2008-01-23
File: 528 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780534641030

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"Great art has dreadful manners," Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. "The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . ." With the same disarming force, The Power of Art propels us on an eye-opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio's David and Goliath to Picasso's Guernica. Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever. The embattled heroes—Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko—each in his own resolute way, faced crisis with steadfast defiance, pitting passion and conviction against scorn and short-sightedness. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With vivid storytelling and powerfully evocative descriptive passages, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of Civil War Spain. Most compelling of all, The Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight "eye-popping" world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works "tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that, they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript . . . 'OK, OK, but what's art really for?'"

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2006-11-07
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780061176104

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