Gerard David: Purity of Vision in an Age of Transition (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) (英語) ハードカバー – 1998/3/11
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A scholarly treatment of the early Netherlandish painter Gerard David, an important figure of the Northern Renaissance. It covers his working methods and underdrawings, also his origins, his early years in Bruges, his development of landscape painting, and his dealings with foreign patrons.
I worked 25 years as graphic designer and I think that details are what art books can offer in these digital + internet world better than any digital screen image. The reasons why:
1) What you see in your screen is colored DIRECT light. Instead, what you see in a book page is REFLECTED light –less bright and less powerful– much more similar than what you see in the original painting.
2) Detail pictures can offer what you can't see even at the museum: because it's too high or alarm protected, etc.
Texts are also great, but I miss a dose of formal analysis like those of Meyer Shapiro, Kenneth Clark, etc. l(why certain color harmonies were used, structural composition related to the described story and probable personal artist's intentions, etc.)
Sorry, forgot to mention I am a visual artist in painting too. Thanks.