One Hundred Details from the National Gallery (HB)

One Hundred Details from the National Gallery (HB)



Kenneth Clark is widely remembered for his television programmes on art, especially Civilisation, and the many works of art criticism he wrote during his lifetime. Appointed at the age of 30, he was the youngest ever Director of the National Gallery, London, from 1934 to 1945, before becoming Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford and later Chairman of the Arts Council. He was made a life peer in 1969 and died in 1983.

Originally published in 1938 when Kenneth Clark was director of the National Gallery, London, this book presents Clark’s favourite details from paintings in the museum’s collection. Newly updated and handsomely illustrated, this landmark book juxtaposes pairs of details rarely viewed together – such as cupids from Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus and Correggio’s The School of Love – to illuminate fascinating analogies and contrasts between paintings and artists. Clark’s erudite but accessible responses to these works are broad in scope and approach, and range from a few lines to an entire history of the still life. Featuring all new color reproductions, One Hundred Details offers a unique and intimate look at these paintings through the discerning eye of a world-renowned art historian and director.

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"…his most influential book. Clark wanted to encourage viewers to look more attentively at artworks, and to see images in a fresh way. He juxtaposed details from pictures by different artists, often from different periods, inviting his readers to compare and contrast."
James Hall, The Guardian, 30 June 2012

‘Lord Clark’s… vast erudition is conveyed in an easy, conversational style that both informs us and makes us eager for more’, The Wall Street Journal

Product Code 1018530
ISBN 9781857094268
author Kenneth Clark
colour illustrations 200
format Hardback
GTIN 9781857094268
pages 160
published 1938 (2008 edn)
publisher National Gallery Company
Dimensions 260 mm X 240 mm
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