The Secrets of Art

Hidden Messages, Meanings and Mysteries

The Secrets of Art
$35.00 / £25.00
Format: Hardback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9780711248748
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Description

A long lost medieval masterpiece is found beneath a layer of lime wash in the Tower of London. A secret message that only an elite few can read is encoded in a painting. In a portrait a duchess wears a gown that promotes her husband’s policies and power in the guise of her style. The stories of these works, and many more, come to life in The Secrets of Art: Hidden Messages, Meanings and  Mysteries, a book that takes us on a lively journey through the art world’s mysteries and discoveries to reveal that works of art are not always what they seem. Drawing upon the findings of new technology, archival research, scientific analysis and old-fashioned curiosity, The Secrets of Art unveils the layers of meaning beneath the surfaces of well-known masterpieces in a collection of tales that are fully based in fact but are as fascinating as fiction.

The author

DEBRA N. MANCOFF is an art historian and the author of more than twenty books on European and American art and culture. She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain. Based in Chicago, she is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library.

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9780711248748
Illustrations: 150 colour
Size: 7.48 in x 9.685 in / 190 mm x 246 mm
Published:

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