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Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers   By: (-1930)

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Esther Singleton's Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers is a delightful compilation of vivid descriptions and insightful commentary on some of the most renowned works of art. Singleton's intention to bring together well-crafted prose written by esteemed authors from various periods makes this book a captivating read for art enthusiasts and literary lovers alike.

What sets this collection apart is the juxtaposition of text and image. Singleton's meticulous selection of paintings, sculptures, and other visual forms is complemented by the evocative writings of a diverse group of authors, ranging from Shakespeare to Tolstoy and beyond. Each piece in the book is accompanied by an excerpt or passage that captures the essence of the artwork, providing readers with a fresh perspective and allowing them to delve into the minds of these literary greats.

The book's structure is well-organized, allowing for easy navigation and enjoyment. Singleton arranges the works thematically, providing a seamless flow from one piece to the next. This intentional arrangement bolsters the overarching narrative of the book, allowing readers to explore different artistic periods, styles, and themes in a logical and engaging manner.

Singleton's meticulous attention to detail is evident in her thoughtful annotations accompanying each painting or sculpture. The annotations provide historical context, artistic interpretations, and fascinating anecdotes, augmenting the overall reading experience. These well-researched descriptions not only elucidate the works but also make them come alive, enabling readers to immerse themselves fully in the visual and intellectual pleasures of each piece.

Perhaps the most captivating aspect of Great Pictures is the way it expands our understanding of both art and literature. The powerful synergy between the visual and the literary invites readers to engage with art on a much deeper level. The words of famous writers unveil hidden layers of meaning and provide new avenues for interpretation, transforming the act of looking at art into an enriching intellectual exercise.

While some may argue that the size and format of the book limit detailed visual appreciation, it is important to acknowledge that Singleton's emphasis lies in the marriage of word and image rather than sheer visual reproduction. The use of high-quality printing and paper, along with ample white space, ensures that the images retain their impact and serve as a launching pad for imagination.

In conclusion, Esther Singleton's Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers is a remarkable tribute to the intertwining realms of art and literature. This captivating anthology allows readers to witness the power of description as it breathes life into visual art. Singleton's meticulous curation, combined with the eloquent prose of renowned authors, creates an immersive and enlightening experience that will leave readers with a newfound appreciation for the expressive potential of both words and brushstrokes.

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As Seen and Described by Famous Writers

Edited and Translated by


Author of "Turrets, Towers, and Temples" and Translator of "The Music Dramas of Richard Wagner"

With Numerous Illustrations


New York Dodd, Mead and Company Copyright, 1899 By Dodd, Mead and Company


The cordial reception of "Turrets, Towers, and Temples" has encouraged me to hope that a welcome may be given to a book treating the masterpieces of painting in a similar manner.

Great writers and literary tourists have occasionally been inspired to record the impressions of their saunterings among galleries and museums. The most interesting of these, not necessarily professional, I have tried to bring together in the following pages. My object has been not to make a selection of the greatest pictures in the world, although many that have that reputation will be found here, but rather to bring together those that have produced a powerful impression on great minds. Consequently, when the reader is disturbed at the omission of some world famous painting, I beg him to remember my plan and blame the great writers instead of me for neglecting his favourite.

My task has not been a light one... Continue reading book >>

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