Painting, Sculpture and Drawing

  • Art History by Sandra Shaw. These lectures cover man's creation of art from the earliest stone-age beginnings through the late Roman empire, showing the function of art in human life, the evolution of art as man's cognitive abilities and sense of the world and his place in it developed, and, reflexively, Ms Shaw uses her experience as an artist and knowledge of Objectivism to look freshly at the evidence of art and make novel observations on the evolution of man's intellectual abilities and worldview.
  • Art, The World's Greatest Paintings Explored and Explained by Robert Cumming. An easy introduction to some of the world's greatest paintings, with explanations of their context and content.
  • Art, A History of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture by Frederick Hartt. A large and comprehensive book with intelligent commentary on art from the earliest to modern times. Of all the complete surveys of art that I know of, this gives the greatest weight to classic art and least to art of the last century. Preferably buy editions 3rd or earlier. Beginning with the 4th edition, the section on modern times has been rewritten by a different author. (out-of-print, see sources.)
  • Artists on Art, from the XIV to the XX Century by Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves, editors. A treasurehouse of writings by artists about their art.

Advanced and Supplementary

  • A Handbook of Greek Art by Richter.
  • History of Italian Renaissance Art, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture by Frederick Hartt. 703 pages, color and b&w illustrations, intelligent commentary.
  • Bernini, The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque by Rudolph Wittkower. Exultant sculptures by the master sculptor of the Baroque period.
  • Spanish Still Life in the Golden Age 1600-1650 by William B. Jordan, Kimball Art Museum 1985.. The premier work covering this aspect of the Renaissance in Spain.
  • Velázquez, Painter and Courtier by Jonathan Brown. Biography and catolog of the works of the greatest Spanish portrait artist.
  • Vermeer by Blankert, Montias and Aillaud. A detailed review of the paintings, technique and life of the great realist.
  • Hokusai and Hiroshige, Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, University of Washington Press. Catalog and description of great works by two of Japan's foremost printmakers.
  • Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon by John Stevenson. Detailed photographs and descriptions of each of the one hundred prints in Yoshitoshi's greatest series.

Technique

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Bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti

Bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti

Zeus or Poseidon, mid 5th Century Athenian sculptor

Zeus or Poseidon, mid 5th Century Athenian sculptor

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

The Ecstacy of St Theresa by Bernini

The Ecstacy of St Theresa by Bernini

Fragonard, Girl with her Puppy, 1775

Fragonard, Girl with her Puppy, 1775

George Washington, painting by Gilbert Stuart

George Washington, painting by Gilbert Stuart

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow --Kobayashi Heihachiro, by Yoshitoshi, 1889

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow --Kobayashi Heihachiro, by Yoshitoshi, 1889