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500 years of illustration : from Albrecht Dürer to Rockwell by Howard Simon

By Howard Simon

An unequalled treasury of the tools, suggestions, and examples of the good illustrators, this quantity covers 5 centuries of for the broadcast web page. starting from the sunrise of printing to the 20th century, it bargains operating artists and scholars an unsurpassed reference and resource of idea. It additionally varieties a pleasant searching e-book for fanatics of paintings and illustrated books.
Starting with 16th-century woodcuts through Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, the chronological presentation positive aspects works through Goya, Hogarth, Blake, Morris, Doré, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, and different masters. a short textual content introduces every one part, and the amount concludes with a global roster of contemporary artists, categorised by way of state. All that's top and notable within the box of representation looks the following, during this enormous publication of sketches, engravings, woodcuts, and lithography.

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It was an auspicious beginning, and it meant that the future of the painter was assured. Sir Thomas was then at the height of his power, and his many friends employed Holbein to paint their portraits and decorate their homes. Henry the Eighth was pleased with his work and retained him. In St. John’s College, Cambridge, is Henry the Eighth’s Bible, printed on vellum, with Holbein’s cuts finely illuminated. After three years Holbein returned to Basle. A cold reception by his wife convinced him that England would be a more pleasant permanent home.

Augsburg, Nuremberg, Mainz, Bamberg and Frankfort are great names in the history of the printed book. Each had its own school of designers and found its own style in decoration. A tide of books and secular learning swept over Europe; in its wake came the Reformation. It was through the invention of printing, more than through any other development of the time, that Luther was enabled to spread his doctrines. Italy, too, had her day of glory, and the Italian book soon became a thing of beauty. One of the great names in the history of learning is that of Aldus Manutius, scholar, Greek classicist and printer extraordinary.

It is said of the years which followed 1526: “Hitherto with each work accomplished he had conquered a new dominion-made good a step onward and found that every height in his art was attainable, and that not a few had been already gained. The many-varied sides of existence stood before him in their fullness and with a depth at command such as hardly belonged to any other great painter of that grand time; and though neither the ideal greatness of the Italians, nor the strength of Albert Dürer, was an element of his nature, yet the wealth and power of his character offered a noble compensation for these, and, next to Dürer, he had become the greatest painter of the North”.

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