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Presents details from a variety of paintings from the National Gallery in London, England along with commentary from the former directory of the Gallery.
100 Details offers Kenneth Clark's personal choice of details of painting in the National Gallery, London, and gives his responses to them as well. The former director of the National Gallery chooses the pictures he likes best, and the result is like a stroll through a glorious art collection. 100 color illustrations; 75 halftones.
From ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls to 20th century works: painting's hidden secrets revealed Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen provide answers to these and other questions about world-famous works of art. Guiding our eye to revealing details, they also shed fascinating light on fashions and lifestyles, loves and intrigues, politics and people, and transform our encounter with art into exciting adventure.
Reveals the hidden histories of paintings in the National Gallery, London.
The definitive biography of this brilliant polymath--director of the National Gallery, author, patron of the arts, social lion, and singular pioneer of television--that also tells the story of the arts in the twentieth century through his astonishing life. Kenneth Clark's thirteen-part 1969 television series, Civilisation, established him as a globally admired figure. Clark was prescient in making this series: the upheavals of the century, the Cold War among others, convinced him of the power of barbarism and the fragility of culture. He would burnish his image with two memoirs that artfully omitted the more complicated details of his life. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unseen archive, James Stourton reveals the formidable intellect and the private man behind the figure who effortlessly dominated the art world for more than half a century: his privileged upbringing, his interest in art history beginning at Oxford, his remarkable early successes. At 27 he was keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean in Oxford and at 29, the youngest director of The National Gallery. During the war he arranged for its entire collection to be hidden in slate mines in Wales and organized packed concerts of classical music at the Gallery to keep up the spirits of Londoners during the bombing. WWII helped shape his belief that art should be brought to the widest audience, a social and moral position that would inform the rest of his career. Television became a means for this message when he was appointed the first chairman of the Independent Television Authority. Stourton reveals the tortuous state of his marriage during and after the war, his wife's alcoholism, and the aspects of his own nature that he worked to keep hidden. A superb work of biography, Kenneth Clark is a revelation of its remarkable subject.
"In August 1939 the National Gallery's Collection was in danger. War was imminent, with the grim possibility looming of saturation bombing of London. Days before war was declared, the National Gallery closed its doors to the public and secretly evacuated the paintings. The collection was initially hidden in selected country houses, but later relocated for permanent storage in the cavernous chambers of a disused quarry, deep in the Welsh mountains." "Back in Trafalgar Square, the gallery - now empty - stayed open to house a popular series of music concerts fronted by internationally acclaimed pianist, Myra Hess. Despite significant risk the gallery remained open throughout the Blitz, also opening a canteen and temporary display space, bringing culture and solace to Londoners." "This book brings together previously unseen material from the National Gallery's archive with black and white photographs in an account of how the National Gallery functioned during this eventful period."--BOOK JACKET.
A national pantheon of the greatest names in British history and culture, the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery contains more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper and over a quarter of a million photographs. There are kings and queens, courtiers and courtesans, politicians and poets, soldiers and scientists, artists and writers, philosophers and film stars individuals from every sphere. This book presents a broad selection of the personalities that have shaped the last four centuries of British life, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, portrayed by artists as diverse as Hans Holbein, David Bailey, Joshua Reynolds and Paula Rego. The featured works are arranged chronologically in sections, each of which is prefaced by a text written by the curator responsible for that period, drawing on their expert knowledge and recent research. Each image is accompanied by an extended caption that provides key information on the sitter and the artist and places the work in its historical and creative context. Special features, which include making art in Tudor Britain, miniatures, sculpture, early photography, twenty- and twenty-first-century photography, self-portraits, celebrity and non-traditional media, offer insight into particular areas of the Collection. A fascinating introductory essay explains the history and purpose of this great public institution and is illustrated with a wealth of rare and illuminating material from the Gallerys extensive archive, including photographs, plans, letters and sketchbooks, some previously unpublished.

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