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What Makes a Masterpiece

written by Christopher Dell

Thames and Hudson | ISBN 9780500238790

Hardback – 304 pages


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In this exploration of the idea of the masterpiece, over fifty world masterpieces, from cave paintings to Cezanne, are brought to life by internationally acclaimed writers, scholars and artists. Many of the contributors are celebrated artists in their own right (Antony Gormley, Quentin Blake and Tom Phillips); others are popular writers (Philip Pullman, Germaine Greer); and, many hold positions at well-known institutions, including the Prado, the Van Gogh Museum, the Louvre, the National Gallery and the Sapienza University. Each masterwork is illustrated in full, and key details are selected and separately illustrated, alongside illuminating comparatives.

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