The story behind each one of these masterpieces. The circumstances which made some of them so incredibly famous that they have an integral part of our visual and popular heritage.
Why have some artworks, like Leonardo Da Vinci’s Monna Lisa, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Picasso’s Guernica and Munch’s The Scream, become popular icons that are universally recognized? And why have Monet’s Water lilies, Rodin’s The Thinker and Michelangelo’s David been reproduced ad nauseam on T-shirts, mugs, and aprons? Why do they feature in advertising campaigns and on TV shows like The Simpsons and become true celebrities?
The book tells the story behind each one of these 30 masterpieces and the circumstances which made some of them so incredibly famous that they have transcended art and become an integral part of our visual and popular heritage.
The writers explain how each work was conceived, how it achieved cult status and how the perception of these icons has changed over the centuries.
A fascinating book full of gripping stories which lie hidden behind the creation of these legends.