It’s #artbookfriday again. The year is nearly over so this is the last post about a new book in 2015. Next week we will have our top list of art books in 2015. And of course there will be a lot of new ones to read next year. We will use the time to check out the new catalogues of our favorite publishers and will be back with more awesomeness.
So the last new book I tell you about is a little one you can easily oversee. I got it from the publishing house a while ago and I just have to tell you about it before the year will be over. “Botticelli forever” is not a classic art book but a book about art – meaning it has more text than pictures. It’s about the adaptation of the famous Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli in modern times. It’s easily written and pretty understandable. It’s far from being an academic book so it’s great for everyone interested in the painter and how he influenced following generations. You will learn about some famous paintings of Botticelli and how they were transformed by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons or Cindy Sherman. If you’re looking for an academic view with a lot of sources and annotations this book won’t get you anywhere. It’s just a nice little book to widen your mind and learn some new things about art.
The introduction is very short, so if you’re more interested in Botticelli himself, you better get yourself another book, but we don’t know much about his life, to be honest. He is one of those artists historians don’t have many sources to relate to.
Taken as a whole the book is really nice and probably a good present for people who like art and are interested in its transformation in time. You get a nice collection of famous paintings and their reception. Not more. As I am a fan of really extensive books this one could have had more chapters and a little bit more of everything. But as an entry to Botticelli’s art it’s just fine and exactly what you’re looking for.
#artbook | Botticelli forever
#author | Thomas R. Hoffmann
#publishing house | Belser
#language | German
#ISBN | 978-3-7630-2706-4
#pages | 64
you can get your copy here.