What makes great art great? Why do some works pulsate in the imagination generation after generation, century after century? From Botticelli's Birth of Venus to Picasso's Guernica, some paintings and sculptures have become so famous, so much a part of who we are, that we no longer really look at them. We need a new way of looking. A New Way of Seeing sheds new light on some of art history's best-known works by isolating a single, often overlooked, detail that may be a key to the work's greatness.
Dissatisfied with traditional interpretations, American art critic and historian Kelly Grovier combed through some of art history's iconic works. Grovier says he found a key to the enduring ability of great works to move and delight us. He discovered that every truly great work is associated with a – perhaps understated – detail, a flourish of strangeness that ignites it from within.
Dimensions: H: 27 x W: 22 x 2.8 cm, paperback
Author: Kelly Grovier
Publisher: Thames & Hudson