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How to Read Paintings


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Introduction Part 1: Grammar of Paintings Shape and Support Medium and Materials Composition Style and Technique Signs and Symbols The Artist Part 2: Paintings in Detail Portrait Landscape Narrative Still Life Abstraction Appendices Glossary Directory of Paintings Directory of Galleries Index Acknowledgements

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A concise introduction to paintings in the Western European tradition, through the stories of 50 powerful artworks by artists from Van Gogh to da Vinci.

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Liz Rideal is an artist and writer. She a Reader in Fine Art in the Painting Department at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK, and a lecturer and educational resource writer at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She has exhibited widely in Europe and the USA, including two major retrospectives. Her own artwork is held in public collections including the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, Yale Center for British Art, the Portland Art Museum and George Eastman House. She is the author of Mirror Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists (2001) and Insights: Self-Portraits (2005).

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