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Jan Steen: The Drawing Lesson [Paperback]

John Walsh
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June 20 1996 0892363924 978-0892363926 1
In this fascinating exploration of Jan Steen's The Drawing Lesson, John Walsh offers an explanation of the individual parts and larger patterns of the work, allowing us to see how each prop and pose contributes to the larger theme--the art of painting and the education of the artist. He also recounts Steen's career and the history of the picture itself, presenting, in sum, not only an examination of a fine painting but also a lesson in how to look at and "read" a complex work of art.

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John Walsh has been Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum since 1983. Previously, he was curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to articles in such publications as The Connoisseur and Burlington Magazine, he is the author of several exhibition catalogues including A Mirror of Nature with Cynthia P. Schneider.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Anachronistic connoisseurship Feb. 16 2000
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Art historical scholarship has undergone a profound revolution in the past 25 years, but you would never know it from this tedious monograph. Walsh writes reasonably well, but without passion. The greater flaw, however, is the abscence of the kinds of histortical, political, social, or other insights that would provide a context for understanding the larger significance of Steen's work. Instead, one is left with a journeyman quality academic tome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Anachronistic connoisseurship Feb. 16 2000
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Art historical scholarship has undergone a profound revolution in the past 25 years, but you would never know it from this tedious monograph. Walsh writes reasonably well, but without passion. The greater flaw, however, is the abscence of the kinds of histortical, political, social, or other insights that would provide a context for understanding the larger significance of Steen's work. Instead, one is left with a journeyman quality academic tome.
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