The 100 paintings that shocked the world, the book by Flavio Caroli


From Cimabue to Andy Warhol, the book traces the history of art through the most iconic works of all time.


Don April 8th “The 100 paintings that shocked the world”, the new book by Flavio Caroli published by 24 HOURS Culture. Through the most iconic paintings of all time, the volume deals with the history of art from the Crucifix of Santa Croce by Cimabue to the masterpieces of the avant-garde of the twentieth century.

The book – which continues the series of illustrated art essays inaugurated by the success of “The 100 exhibitions that shook the world” – looks at the history of art from a unusual point of view. Instead of dwelling on the lives of artists or cultural movements, according to the most usual approaches, he chooses instead of observe and deepen the individual works.

Flavio Caroli guides readers in a fascinating way journey through eight centuries, discovering the one hundred paintings considered more innovative in form and content. Paintings that forever changed the course of events until it influences current tastes. Works that have become reference models have now become part of the collective imagination.

A trip from Cimabue to Andy Warhol

“The 100 Paintings That Shocked the World” offers the reader a unpublished story. It focuses on the strength of the work of art, its ability to arouse emotions and to give body to the imagination of an era or a civilization. From the Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Giotto, which marks the passage from the abstraction of the Byzantine tradition to a more lively and concrete volume of the figures, arrives at the famous Marilyn at Andy Warhol, symbol and praise of American consumerism.

Per each masterpiece the book also explores the historical and social context. It highlights the peculiarities that led it to score a significant one turning point in the history of art.

The great seasons of painting thus flow under the eyes of the reader. From the plastic and space research of the thirteenth century, passing through the Renaissance perspective and the use of the Flemish oil painting, up to the linguistic revolutions of avant-garde between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For example, the pointillisme present in the majestic canvas of Revival Afternoon at La Grande Jatte or the cubism of the famous The Ladies of Avignon by Picasso.

Painting by Seurat Afternoon at the Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat, Afternoon at La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886, Chicago, Art Institute | Courtesy Art Institute, Chicago

And again, the atmospheric sensuality of color in the Storm by Giorgione, the discovery of the real in Fruit basket by Caravaggio, the personification of the feeling represented in the work The nightmare by Füssli. Each conquest of style is visibly and tangibly embodied in a painting, which thus becomes representative of a particular conception of the world.

Source: 24 ORE Cultura

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