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Extraordinary reference book of over 80 famous painters, their lives, their loves and their iconic paintings.

This art book includes insightful biographies of artists accompanied with remarkable reproductions of their famous artworks. Begin with the early Renaissance and follow art movements through the centuries to some of the most well-known artists alive today.


A gorgeous exploration of the defining people of the art world including pioneers like Giotto and Jan van Eyck, the greats like Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, and the visionaries like Frida Kahlo and Hokusai. 

The large format art book is overflowing with information and pictures of your favorite classics. The full-page prints are especially spectacular, allowing you to get the full effect of the work that inspired, defined and encapsulated art movements.

Over 500 years of the craft is discussed, with the chapters organized by century starting with "Before 1500” and ending with “1945 – Present.” Each chapter features the relevant painters of those years with its own directory. Read about the historical context of art movements in sections which include timelines and fact panels giving incredible insight into the art world, the past lives of artists and their visions and techniques.  

Discover the unconventional stories of the artists'' lives, including their influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries. Read about the portraits that Holbein did for Henry VIII to play matchmaker, Caravaggio''s astonishing reaction to a badly cooked artichoke and the many romantic affairs of Picasso. Sometimes scandalous and often tumultuous, the lives of artists like Raphael, Hogarth, van Gogh, O''Keeffe, Magritte, Warhol and Kiefer are as interesting and captivating as their work. 

The Artists Behind the Paint Brushes

A beautiful coffee table book that would make a lovely gift for those interested in art history and artist biographies, or to browse the attractive reproductions of the famous artworks. Includes a foreword by Ross King, who is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi''s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope''s Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino.

   • Over 80 biographies of the standout artists over the centuries since the early Renaissance.
   • Beautiful reproductions of artworks that allow you to get up close to their brush strokes.
   • Insight into historical art themes and movements that influenced the periods.

About the Author

Foreword Writer: Ross King is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi''s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope''s Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. He lives in England, near Oxford.

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K. Springer
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Moving memorial to those that impacted the world through their unique expressions
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
Some books to the reader are holy; this one is so to me. As an artist and author (excited to purchase DK''s Writers book on 9/11/2018), I find this text to be an illuminating glimpse at the lives of some very influential and interesting artists over time. I highly recommend... See more
Some books to the reader are holy; this one is so to me. As an artist and author (excited to purchase DK''s Writers book on 9/11/2018), I find this text to be an illuminating glimpse at the lives of some very influential and interesting artists over time. I highly recommend this book if you are like me, an autodidact that loves learning more about the human condition through those that share what they are, body and soul. Or, as it says on the back of the dust cover, "Every good painter paints what he is." Jackson Pollock
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Where are the women artists? Where are the Mexican artists? Is Jacob Lawrence here?
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
I ask all of you to count the women artists and ones not in Janson, Gardner but possibly welcomed by Sister Wendy. Talk about safe. This is the safest book of the year if the year was 1990. Of course Frida Kahlo is a woman and her mother was Mexican while her father was... See more
I ask all of you to count the women artists and ones not in Janson, Gardner but possibly welcomed by Sister Wendy. Talk about safe. This is the safest book of the year if the year was 1990. Of course Frida Kahlo is a woman and her mother was Mexican while her father was German. But my complaint has merit.
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Stephani
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Great!
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
Loved it. It has a beautiful hard cover, perfect for a coffee table book. The artist and their work felt like a refresher of my intro to art history class. It includes a brief but informative summary of various artist through out history and some of their most recognizable... See more
Loved it. It has a beautiful hard cover, perfect for a coffee table book. The artist and their work felt like a refresher of my intro to art history class. It includes a brief but informative summary of various artist through out history and some of their most recognizable works of art.
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Beautiful and interesting book.
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
Love this book but be advised it is very large and VERY heavy. So heavy and bulky it is actually physically challenging to read it, however it is an immensely enjoyable book. Beautful photos wnd just enough art history to stay interesting.
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ckb
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For Art lovers, with an appeal to others slightly less so
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
This book exceeded my expectation with the information it contains. It is an impressive looking book and the content was beautifully presented and written. I had purchased the book as a gift and almost kept it. Again purchasing it as a gift to another friend, and will get... See more
This book exceeded my expectation with the information it contains. It is an impressive looking book and the content was beautifully presented and written. I had purchased the book as a gift and almost kept it. Again purchasing it as a gift to another friend, and will get one for myself too!
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Breathtaking full-page photos; adequate summaries of artists'' lives
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018
The full-page prints of artworks are stunning. The book does a phenomenal job of presenting a "who''s who" of influential artitsts of the Western world and even includes a few Asian artists besides Hokusai. It is a great intro for a casual fan of painters and... See more
The full-page prints of artworks are stunning. The book does a phenomenal job of presenting a "who''s who" of influential artitsts of the Western world and even includes a few Asian artists besides Hokusai. It is a great intro for a casual fan of painters and sculptors.
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Aylin Marcelo
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Interesting Coffee Table Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2019
Beautiful book for a coffee table, with lots of interesting content. Anyone whom enters the room picks it up.
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Artist and Works Easily Found in Time Periods
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019
My copy of this used book arrived in near perfect condition! The only defect was one corner of the cover which was bent just a little at the tip. I am enjoying the information of each artist and pictures of some of their works. I also love that artists are placed in... See more
My copy of this used book arrived in near perfect condition! The only defect was one corner of the cover which was bent just a little at the tip. I am enjoying the information of each artist and pictures of some of their works. I also love that artists are placed in sections in which they lived and worked which makes them easily found and placed in time periods.
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Velislava
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Very well organised
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 15, 2019
Definitely recommend it. When I ordered it I didn''t expect to be that big and full of pictures , info, quotes, key moments etc. The index is pretty good as well. Really like the way it is organised. Century by century! Love it!
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Ilze S.
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Perfect gift for art lovers!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2019
Very beautiful book which makes a perfect gift for professional artists and art lovers! Nice cover and great print! 5*
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Caffeine Claire
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Perfect Art book to browse through & jog your memory or just inform you of different artists..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2021
I utterly love this book & I very rarely bother to write reviews.. It is just the right amount of interesting information on different artists & is a balanced combination of photos, diagrams & writing. It is clearly organised chronologically in each century & then...See more
I utterly love this book & I very rarely bother to write reviews.. It is just the right amount of interesting information on different artists & is a balanced combination of photos, diagrams & writing. It is clearly organised chronologically in each century & then alphabetically too. Great to browse through or check up on details. My one ‘complaint’ is that it’s a fairly heavy book- you could definitely use it in a work out!!
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Lily Potter
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Incredibly informative
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2019
A beautiful book with vivid pictures and concise but informative descriptions of 80 artists. A perfect introduction into the broads and endless topic that is Art.
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Mary Rose
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Beautuful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2020
Fabulous book. Super quality pictures and good value for money
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