How to Read a Painting

How to Read a Painting

Lessons from the Old Masters

By Patrick de Rynck; Patrick Rynck (Editor); Patrick De Rynck (Other)

Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9780810955769, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 2004

Clues to the meaning of many of the masterpieces of art history lie in a rich system of symbols, themes, and motifs that often eludes modern museum-goers. The intimate knowledge of Christian theology, Greek and Roman mythology, and folklore that was so vivid in the minds of viewers during the Renaissance is rarely part of the preparation the contemporary viewer brings to a painting. This insightful, anecdotal, portable book, with 1,000 gorgeous color illustrations, helps to fill in those gaps by decoding th imagery of more than 150 of the most influential and admired artworks of all time.
Covering the works of the Italian, Netherlandish, German, and Spanish Old Masters, from 1450 to 1750, paintings by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, El Greco, Bruegel, Holbein, Rubens, and Vermeer, all held in public collections, "How to Read a Painting not only helps the viewer to understand the significant details of a picture but also explains the relationship with similar imagery in other works. The guide to Old Master paintings that every art lover has always wanted, this indispensable museum companion will open the reader to a whole new experience of Western art's most praised and visited paintings.

About the Author

Patrick De Rynck is a classicist, translator, publicist and freelance writer for museums, publishers, newspaper and radio. He has been involved in numerous Flemish Primitives to the 19th century painting events and exhibitions. And is the author of ten books, including an ABC of Classical Literature and the retelling of Greek myths.

Patrick De Rynck is a classicist, a translator, and a writer for museums, publishers, newspapers, and radio. He is the author of ten books, including an ABC of Classical literature and a retelling of Greek myths.