Masterpieces in Detail : Early Netherlandish Art from Van Eyck to Bosch Hardback
The longer we gaze at the paintings of the old masters, the more we appreciate the subtlety and artistry of the painters who created them.
This beautiful book offers readers an opportunity to learn and study the art of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and many other masters of this period and region.
It also explores their influence on later artists from the Baroque period.
Each of the works is briefly presented along with its historical and contextual background and importance.
Then in a series of full-page illustrations, specific details are enlarged to guide the reader carefully and thoughtfully through the piece's nuances and often overlooked features.
The result is the next best thing to a private viewing at a museum - a truly sensuous and emotional experience that will engage both the novice and the expert.
Till-Holger Borchert's texts are informative and engaging as he shares his singular passion for these great works in a magnificent book that will inspire viewers to form their own opinions and exercise their own powers of observation within the context of this important period in art history
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 496 pages, 350 colour
- Publisher: Prestel
- Publication Date: 26/09/2014
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
- ISBN: 9783791381091
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Review by greggchadwick
Till-Holger Borchert's "Masterpieces in Detail: Early Netherlandish Art from van Eyck to Bosch" is a feast for the eyes and a meal for the mind. Elegantly written and stunningly presented, Borchert's gorgeous book is a must read for those interested in art. The details are extraordinary and provide visual clues to the secrets hidden within the artworks of the Early Netherlandish Masters from the 15th to the 17th centuries. For those in question of the title, "Early Netherlandish" does not refer to the current country of The Netherlands but instead is an historical term referring to art produced in Flanders, Brabant, and the Hainault which include the cities of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels and Leuven. For me, Borchert's volume provides an important companion guide to the museums of Bruges and Flemish painting. "Masterpieces in Detail: Early Netherlandish Art from van Eyck to Bosch" is a large format book from Prestel, comparable to the wonderful Taschen editions.