"100 Details" offers Kenneth Clark's personal choice of details of paintings in the National Gallery, London, and his responses to them. Clark chooses the pictures he likes best, hoping that we will come to like them too. The result is like taking a stroll through a glorious art collection with a critic of astounding eye and intellect at our side.First published in 1938, t"100 Details" offers Kenneth Clark's personal choice of details of paintings in the National Gallery, London, and his responses to them. Clark chooses the pictures he likes best, hoping that we will come to like them too. The result is like taking a stroll through a glorious art collection with a critic of astounding eye and intellect at our side.First published in 1938, the book is arranged in a series of facing page spreads, now reproduced in full color, enabling us to discern analogies and contrasts between painting that are rarely seen together--a faun from Piero di Cosimo, a satyr from Rubens. The running commentaries are Kenneth Clark at his best. They range from a few lines to an entire history of still life between Giotto and Picasso, all conveyed in easy style.Clark insists that there are countless ways of enjoying paintings, provided we stop, look, and think. He has picked the ones to stop at: the detail makes us look. And his comments, wide in scope and catholic in approach, suggest lines of thought so diverse that it is inconceivable that none will strike a chord with the reader....
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One Hundred Details Reviews
I'm not a very good photographer, and seldom have much luck taking photos of paintings in their entirety when I visit museums. I tend to have more success photographing details of paintings instead. So I was quite interested to learn that art experts, among them the late Lord Kenneth Clark, have traditionally honed their talents by studying specific details. Clark's "One Hundred Details from the National Gallery" was originally designed to be used as a sort of game, so that regular visitors to the National Gallery in London could test their knowledge of its paintings by looking at their details. But even if you've never been to the National Gallery, you can learn a great deal about art history, technique, and criticism through Clark's brief, but highly informative essays, as well as, of course, the book's luscious color photos.
Just like sitting in the lecture hall seeing slides on the screen side-by-side with Clark's commentary about the works, artistic themes and stylistic changes through the centuries, including one or two arcane references I was too lazy to look up, but well work keeping on hand to do so in the future. I felt a slight difference of opinion once or twice but treasure Clark's eye. A gorgeous book from an astonishing collection...all proceeds go toward the National Gallery, entertaining to read more than once, pictorial for the coffee table and intelligent to boot.
Beautiful book and a clever idea. The book seems to be written for someone who would like to learn about art, and some of the terms would only be understood by someone who already knows a fair amount. Even so, I learned a lot, and the author made the artists come to life.
This is a pretty great concept.