What Makes a Masterpiece?

What Makes a Masterpiece?

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Discover the stories behind the paintings and sculptures that form our common artistic heritage, illustrated with superb reproductions of the works, as well as dozens of details and comparative works.

This explores the most important works of art ever created, from the Chauvet Cave to Cézanne. It covers art from Africa to China, Japan to South and Central America, Persia to Sri Lanka, as well as a large selection of European works from Ancient Greece to Impressionism.

Little-known treasures such as the Iberian Lady of Elche or a Maya relief from Palenque appear alongside well-loved classics such as Masaccio’s Expulsion of Adam and Eve or Degas’s Little Dancer, creating a fascinating and unique collection of groundbreaking and beautiful works.

  • Author: Christopher Dell
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication date: October 2010
  • Hardback