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Reader Giveaway: Art That Changed the World

Museum lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to books: reference books, coffee table books, histories, mysteries, tales of forgeries, explorations of art, science, and so much more. But, even though you think your bookshelf is full, I recommend that you find room for one more. Published by Dorling Kindersley—the same folks that publish the informative Eyewitness guide books that I use for traveling—Art That Changed the World is a comprehensive overview of the significant artistic works and movements that have transformed the way we experience art over time. In addition to being historically gratifying—timelines, helpful explanations, and special segments that help shine a light on the context in which certain works were created—the photographs in this book are a joy to look at as well.

I really enjoyed reading Art That Changed the World, and now I want to give you guys an opportunity to enjoy it too. As part of the first ever Museumist reader giveaway, I have three copies of Art That Changed the World to send out. Interested in winning one of these copies? All you have to do is tell me what your favorite artistic movement is and why in the comments below. You have until September 30th to submit your response. I apologize in advance to my international readers, but I have to restrict this giveaway to U.S. residents only. I would still love to hear from you in the comments below though. So, with that, let the great giveaway begin!

12 Responses to “Reader Giveaway: Art That Changed the World”

  1. Lou on September 20th, 2013

    One could argue that all art changes the world because it changes the artist.

    Looking forward to exploring the book. Congratulations to the author and publisher.

  2. Koralia Mavropoulou on September 20th, 2013

    Impressionism, because impressionists were the pioneers in depicting reality in a freer and more imaginative way after centuries of strict realism. Thanks to them modern painting evolved as it did. Too pity you do not send copies to Europe…

  3. Brandice Nelson on September 20th, 2013

    My favorite art movement (period?) is Northern Italian Baroque. I’m in love with Gentileschi paintings (My favorite is Judith Beheading Holofernes) and the statuary of Bernini, whose David, in my opinion, far outshines Michelangelo’s. The attempts at depth and realistic detail during this period are just stunning.
    ~B

  4. Meg on September 20th, 2013

    My favorite artistic movement is that of the Flemish Primitives (or Northern European Renaissance). Those years just before and at the very beginning of the Italian Renaissance changed everything for fine art – perspective, composition, color, fledgling oil experimentation and of course the invention of Humanism. Painters like Bosch, Brueghel, Van Der Weyden, Campin, Van Eyck, etc. were doing stuff in Bruges and Antwerp that would take another 20-50 years to catch on in Rome and Florence. It was an absolutely incredible time of creative invention that spurred on the work of Duccio and Giotto, and later Donatello, and even later Raphael, Da Vinci and Michaelango, the greatest artists of all time. And it all began with some simple panel paintings by less celebrated artists in the Low Countries. Flemish Primitives FTW!

  5. Stacy Ryan on September 20th, 2013

    Picking a favorite movement is like picking your favorite child…yes, you have one but you don’t want to say it out loud. On that note, I choose Mannerism as my favorite; as a movement, it answered the question: “How would art look if we took the Renaissance ideal and made it longer and skinnier?” (This was the same question magazines asked when shifting from Cindy Crawford to Kate Moss.) I like how Mannerists were happy gravitating towards a more chaotic and less structured composition while encouraging artistic competition.
    As a bonus, one simply needs to read Cellini’s autobiography to get a sense of the life of a Mannerist artist. Be prepared to be awed about how works were commissioned, what he did in his free time, and his poor treatment of female models who didn’t please him. (“Can you hold that position for the next 7 hours? Grazie!”

  6. Erin on September 20th, 2013

    I have to parrot a previous answer and say Impressionism. My father was an artist and painted Impressionist style pieces, and exposed me to that era of work from a young age. Our Sundays spent at the museum were our own version of going to church. The light captured in paintings by Monet or Renoir or Pissarro or Degas (or even the preface to the movement, in works by Turner) is unparalleled and overwhelmingly beautiful. I’d love to add this book my my ever-growing collection!

  7. Melanie on September 20th, 2013

    My favorite: abstract expressionism! All of their paintings just speak to me of absolute freedom within a self-defined boundary. I could look for hours at de Kooning’s Easter Monday, his Woman series, Pollock’s drip paintings, and Newman’s zips.

  8. Michelle on September 20th, 2013

    When I finally learned about Moreau and Redon, I swallowed my youthful contempt for tenderness and eroticism, and re-embraced my youthful drive for melodramatic, abject figuration. I have a not-so-secret love for the Symbolists (except G. Klimt who just didn’t know when to stop chiseling faces and breasts into those otherwise lovely forms).

  9. D A Kasimakis on September 23rd, 2013

    My personal favorite art movement is the one going on right now – We may never realize that we are part of a movement revolutionary to the world of art and beyond. The abundance of tools we have today, as artists is almost infinite. New ways of using old tools. Computers are playing a role like never before. This brave new world of art has only begun to scratch the surface of imagination. We are at the precipice of what could be the next Golden Age of Art. I am excited, proud, humbled and ready to be a component of the next adventure ~

  10. ArtVSArtifact on September 24th, 2013

    my favorite art movement (today) is surrealism because its primary objective is not to be beautiful but to provide an opportunity for the viewer to engage in thier own subjective interpretation of the work. it moves the responsibility of creating meaning to the audience, and allows for multiple, simultaneous truths to emerge.

  11. drea k. on September 30th, 2013

    It’s hard to commit to just one movement but I suppose one of my favorites would be the art from the Bauhaus school. I love the way industrial/commercial elements were merged with real craftsmanship and the fact that Bauhaus heavily influenced modernist architecture.

  12. Denise on September 30th, 2013

    This is a hard one for me because I have such enthusiasm for so many movements in art.

    In my youth, I had an overwhelming love for William Blake so I *could* say that I love the Romantics. Now that I am older I find that I am consistently attracted to paintings by Pierre Bonnard, so I could equally say that my favourites must be the Nabis. These both make perfect sense to me. Through my twenties, like Blake I was interested in Big Metaphysical Concepts. Now that my twenties are long past I find I am much more concerned with smaller questions about inner life and domesticity, like Bonnard.

    But then I find myself wanting to give a shout out to the Pre-Raphaelites too. I don’t want to analyse this too much- they’re just plain pretty!

    So can I do this? Can I say The Romantics, the Nabis AND the Pre-Raphaelites? Why not, eh?

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