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The Power Of Art
Author: Simon Schama

ISBN: 9781847921185
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1 September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 19.0 x 2.9
Description:
The first paperback edition of Simon Schama's acclaimed and bestselling Power of Art.

'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. 'The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality...'

With the same disarming force,Power of Art jolts us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, as Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art for ever.

The embattled heroes - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - faced crisis with steadfast defiance. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at...

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