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Author Collings, Matthew, author

Title Matt's old masters : Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, Hogarth / Matthew Collings
Published London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, [2003]
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  759.03 Titian Col/Mom  AVAILABLE
Description 240 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary Welcome to an alarming book. In it Matthew Collings, known for his TV programmes and books about new art, tells you how to look at the old masters. Of course you can look at them however you like. But this book gives you some art historical facts as the context for what you're looking at - Collings gives you the resources you need, in order to make sense of what you're seeing. And he gets you to think for yourself. In art culture today all you hear about are literal meanings, about subject matter and ideas. Matt Collings objects to the droning repetition of that stuff. He looks to the past for a different model of art, one where the surface, the form, the look of something, is part of the idea, maybe even the main thing. We can't have the past back as a complete package, of course. That would be mad. But we can find critical principles in it that we can use to make something better out of our own time. The key figures he has chosen are Titian, Rubens, Velasquez and Hogarth. The first three stand for the highest that painting can go - rich, free, flowing, grand. In art historical terms, this is the 'painterly' stream of art. The last one didn't punch quite so high, but in him Collings sees a principle of adapting your understanding and admiration for what seems higher and greater than yourself - the achievements of the past - to your own sense of what is alive and real. Matthew Collings' new book gives a unique approach to the paintings of the past
Notes Includes index
"As seen on Channel Four"--Cover
Subject Velázquez, Diego, 1599-1660 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Titian, approximately 1488-1576 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640.
Titian, approximately 1488-1576.
Velázquez, Diego, 1599-1660.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Painting, European.
Painting, English -- 18th century.
Painting, Italian -- 16th century.
Painting, Spanish -- 17th century.
Painting, Flemish -- 17th century.
Author Titian, approximately 1488-1576.
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640.
Velázquez, Diego, 1599-1660.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764.
Channel Four (Great Britain)
ISBN 0297646710
Other Titles Old masters
OTHER TI Matt's old masters (Television program)