One Hundred Great Paintings


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Louise Govier; With an introduction by Tim Marlow

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The National Gallery in London houses one of the richest collections of Western European paintings in the world, ranging from the 13th to the 20th century. In this beautiful book, one hundred of the greatest works from the collection, each by a different artist, are presented in chronological order, and accompanied by a lively, informative text and full-page color reproductions.

From the earliest—a remnant of an Italian altarpiece dating from around 1265—to the most recent—Paul Cézanne’s great Bathers, of about 1894–1905—each painting has been carefully chosen for the unique significance it holds; whether representing a particular artist, place or time, or simply for its beauty and the pleasure it provides to the viewer. The painters featured here include some of the most famous names in European art—Duccio, Giotto, Dürer, Holbein, van Eyck, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Goya, Caravaggio, Claude, Poussin, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Turner, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rousseau, and Van Gogh—and some of the most iconic paintings in the world—The Wilton Diptych, The Arnolfini Portrait, The Ambassadors, and Sunflowers.

These selected highlights introduce some of the most inspiring paintings ever made. The reader can dip in to explore individual paintings, or read from cover to cover for a full survey.

Published by the National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

Louise Govier was formerly Adult Learning Manager at the National Gallery and is currently the MLA Museums Clore Leadership Fellow. She has written several books and films which offer engaging ways to explore the National Gallery’s collection, including The National Gallery: A Visitor’s Guide.

'This serves as a quality introduction to some of the finest paintings of all time.' — The Bookseller, August 2010

"This book is a wonderful introduction to the development of European painting over 600 years."—Country Life
ISBN: 9781857094930
Publication Date: December 16, 2010
Publishing Partner: Published by the National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press
216 pages, 9 5/8 x 10 1/2
110 color illus.
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Hogarth to Turner

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Louise Govier

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