Item description for A Year in Art: A Painting a Day...
365 Days of Art
A painting for every day of the year.
Lovers of art can wake up to a new masterpiece every day. The large, user-friendly format features double-page spreads: on one side is a splendid full-color reproduction of a work of art, while on the other side is anecdotal information about the painting or quotations from the artist. In addition there is plenty of space for writing important personal dates, notations, or reflections. From cave renderings to contemporary masterpieces, Egyptian art to Picasso, Russian icons to Chagall, this global and historical collection of images makes the perfect gift for fans of any kind of art, on any occasion, for any day of the year.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 4.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 26, 2006
Publisher Prestel Publishing
ISBN 379133624X ISBN13 9783791336244
Reviews - What do customers think about A Year in Art: A Painting a Day?
Worth It Dec 30, 2007
I recently ordered this book, and i have looked through at the library. These paintings are all classics and most of them should be known to art fanatics and most everybody who has any degree of passion for art. the only thing that I dont like about the book, is that the entire painting is pretty small, and only a portion of the painting is large enought to really examine.
overall, i think whatever you are about to pay for this book, it is definitely worth it.
Such a Pleasure Oct 1, 2007
It's just great every morning to turn the page and see a new painting. Some of them are old friends, but there are many that are unfamiliar. It's like finding a hidden treasure.
Great for Introducing Paintings Simply - and Daily Sep 18, 2007
I love this idea - every day of the year, the reader/appreciator of art, may learn about a particular work of art through admiration and study. In addition, the editor added related quotes in the adjoining page.
I am a writer who loves art, so this is very appealing to me as a leaping off point for my own creativity.
I am also a mother and could see helping my children learn more about art-just through sampling one of these works of art every day. It isn't like I would be giving a disseration, but we could certainly gain awareness of the artists and study up on those who are especially appealing.
My only criticism... and it is given lightly, because it is so subjective... is that I wish there was a wider variety of artists represented. The pieces they chose are fantastic - and many artists have more than one painting... which is valuable in another way... to see an artist earlier in the year and then come upon the same artist, later. That has merit, indeed... and I wish, still, there was more variety.
Doesn't mean I won't get a lot of good use out of this book - I imagine I will end up taking the art out of the binding, though, because I can see it being handled a lot throughout the year.
Every Day Is A Work Of Art Nov 19, 2006
I picked up this quirky book quite by accident and was mesmerized by the concept. As stated in the item description, each day of the year is assigned a painting with an accompanying page for notes. Too unwieldy to be a practical calendar and too restrictive a format to lend itself to the task of journaling, this book is nevertheless intriguing. The design of this oddly-shaped book necessitates the sometimes butcherous cropping of many of the painting - but I suppose that is not exactly the point. If you want the traditional art book, get an art book. "A Year In Art" isn't intended to be a text book of art history - instead, I believe that it is intended to inspire. As trite as it may sound, there is something almost magical about turning to a new page each day and finding a glorious painting to motivate us to look for that which will transcend the commonplace in our lives on each particular day. Sort of like "every day a painting to stir us to make each day our own masterpiece."
Four and a half stars would be a fairer rating. This book would make a nice gift for those who have an appreciation for the lyrical and the creative.