By Howard Simon
Starting with 16th-century woodcuts by way of Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, the chronological presentation positive aspects works by means of Goya, Hogarth, Blake, Morris, Doré, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, and different masters. a short textual content introduces every one part, and the quantity concludes with a global roster of recent artists, categorised by means of state. All that's top and impressive within the box of representation seems the following, during this enormous booklet of sketches, engravings, woodcuts, and lithography.
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It has been a matter of much speculation and comment that Holbein should have been content to spend the last twenty-eight years of his life as court-painter, neither developing nor fully using the gifts so generously endowed him by nature. He did well under the patronage of Henry the Eighth as court-painter but it was not the path to the highest achievement. 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.
Out of this came one of the most shockingly realistic of all paintings of war. Goya left countless etchings—los Caprichos alone is a series of eighty plates—lithographs and drawings. Their varied subjects inspire horror, and amazement at the artist’s diabolical inventiveness. There are garrotted men, and mothers offering their daughters as prostitutes. There are scenes of the bull ring made with evident enjoyment, the tortures of the Inquisition, and the brutality of the Revolution. All these things charged Goya’s needle with fire.
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500 years of illustration : from Albrecht Dürer to Rockwell Kent by Howard Simon