The history of Western painting during the last millennium, presenting artists, movements, and 800 masterpieces.
Electa’s committed and professional approach to spreading high culture combined with its vast iconographical archive and highly-specialised techniques of image reproduction has produced this history of Western painting during the last millennium. The volume aims to analyse and to acquaint readers with a host of different images and cultures, starting with the frescoes on the way to Santiago de Compostela and culminating in the American Graffiti artists, while devoting considerable space to landmark developments in nineteenth and twentieth-century painting.
The atlas takes the form of a stimulating “map” that enables the reader to orient himself without difficulty and to follow the evolution of images, the succession of protagonists and the creation of 800 masterpieces that have left their indelible imprint on artistic culture. The simple structure makes the book easy to consult: each double page concerns either an artist, movement or period. In addition to these 140 topics, arranged in chronological order, there are 35 critiques of great masterpieces (from Giotto to Andy Warhol) and 24 synoptic tables.