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Published in cooperation with the National Gallery of Art, and written by its Curator of Painting, this is an essential work for painters, teachers, students and art lovers who want to understand the methods by which great paintings have been created.

One hundred masterpieces from the National Gallery...each superbly reproduced in color, full page size...offer the reader unique lessons in painting techniques. Detailed captions, diagrams, and closeups of significant sections of every painting explore the specific methods the artists used to create each masterpiece, focusing on the function of line, three-dimensional form, space, color, design, brushwork, and technical procedures.

Practice exercises are included in many lessons to teach the reader to apply, and recognized, the varied techniques of the masters. The reader will find landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, and figures by the greatest masters of Western painting: Leonardo, Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Durer, Vermeer, Bruegel, Ingres, Poussin, Corot, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Courbet, Monet, Gauguin, Turner, Constable, Gainsborough, Homer and Picasso, all in one volume.