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The Daily Book of Art: 365 readings that teach, inspire & entertain

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In today’s fast-paced world, creative people are as eager as ever to pursue their artistic passions, but many of them simply don’t have enough time. Catering to this modern dilemma, we’ve concocted the perfect remedy for over-burdened artists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Introductions
  4. Day 1: The Elements of Art
  5. Day 2: What is Aesthetics?
  6. Day 3: Paleolithic Painting
  7. Day 4: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
  8. Day 5: Mona Lisa
  9. Day 6: Cabinet of Curiosity
  10. Day 7: Tupilak
  11. Day 8: Covered in Clay, Plastic, and Concrete
  12. Day 9: Painting Pachyderms
  13. Day 10: Exercise 1
  14. Day 11: Line, Shape & Form
  15. Day 12: What is Art?
  16. Day 13: Ancient Egyptian Art
  17. Day 14: Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)
  18. Day 15: Sunflowers
  19. Day 16: The Permanent Collection
  20. Day 17: Those Lovely Bones
  21. Day 18: Happenings
  22. Day 19: The Museum of Bad Art
  23. Day 20: Exercise 2
  24. Day 21: Value
  25. Day 22: What is an Artist?
  26. Day 23: Classical Greek & Roman Art
  27. Day 24: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
  28. Day 25: The Birth of Venus
  29. Day 26: Behind the Scenes
  30. Day 27: Retablos and Ex-votos Paintings
  31. Day 28: The Vintage Collages of Anne Taintor
  32. Day 29: Camera Obscura
  33. Day 30: Exercise 3
  34. Day 31: Texture
  35. Day 32: The Purpose of Art
  36. Day 33: Early Christian & Byzantine Art
  37. Day 34: Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
  38. Day 35: The Last Supper
  39. Day 36: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  40. Day 37: Propaganda Art
  41. Day 38: Painted Tennis Shoes of Mesoamerica
  42. Day 39: Nazca Lines
  43. Day 40: Exercise 4
  44. Day 41: What is Color?
  45. Day 42: The Value of Art
  46. Day 43: The Art of the Middle Ages
  47. Day 44: Sandro Botticelli (1444/5-1510)
  48. Day 45: The Gleaners
  49. Day 46: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  50. Day 47: Arpilleras
  51. Day 48: Talent Emerges in the Classroom
  52. Day 49: The Watts Towers
  53. Day 50: Exercise 5
  54. Day 51: The Color Wheel
  55. Day 52: What Makes Something Beautiful?
  56. Day 53: The Italian Renaissance
  57. Day 54: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)
  58. Day 55: Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Whistler’s Mother
  59. Day 56: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  60. Day 57: Six Decades of Sensuality
  61. Day 58: Bleed
  62. Day 59: The Smallest of the Small
  63. Day 60: Exercise 6
  64. Day 61: Color Temperature
  65. Day 62: Creativity
  66. Day 63: The Northern Renaissance
  67. Day 64: Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
  68. Day 65: The Creation of Adam
  69. Day 66: The School and Art Institute of Chicago
  70. Day 67: Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)
  71. Day 68: Shattered Glass
  72. Day 69: The Largest of the Large
  73. Day 70: Exercise 7
  74. Day 71: Color Psychology
  75. Day 72: Plato (427-347 BCE)
  76. Day 73: Baroque Art
  77. Day 74: Michelangelo (1475-1564)
  78. Day 75: End of an Arabesque
  79. Day 76: Palacio Nacional
  80. Day 77: Glasgow School of Art
  81. Day 78: Murals of the Border Wall
  82. Day 79: Synesthesia and Art
  83. Day 80: Exercise 8
  84. Day 81: Color Schemes
  85. Day 82: Aristotle (384-322 BCE)
  86. Day 83: The Rococo
  87. Day 84: Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
  88. Day 85: Ophelia
  89. Day 86: Museo Nacional del Prado
  90. Day 87: If Walls Could Talk
  91. Day 88: Latte Art
  92. Day 89: Art-o-mat®
  93. Day 90: Exercise 9
  94. Day 91: Linear Perspective
  95. Day 92: St. Augustine (354-430 CE)
  96. Day 93: Neoclassicism
  97. Day 94: Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
  98. Day 95: The Houses of Parliament, London, with the Sun Breaking Through the Fog
  99. Day 96: Musée du Louvre
  100. Day 97: Il Palio or Palio di Siena
  101. Day 98: Massive Expanses of Fabric
  102. Day 99: Museum Mixup
  103. Day 100: Exercise 10
  104. Day 101: Atmospheric Perspective
  105. Day 102: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
  106. Day 103: Romanticism
  107. Day 104: Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337)
  108. Day 105: Self-Portrait
  109. Day 106: The National Gallery
  110. Day 107: Presepe
  111. Day 108: Date Palms and Pine Needles
  112. Day 109: Mechanical Mirrors
  113. Day 110: Exercise 11
  114. Day 111: Contrast
  115. Day 112: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
  116. Day 113: Realism
  117. Day 114: Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
  118. Day 115: Mont Sainte-Victoire
  119. Day 116: Vatican Museums
  120. Day 117: The Bone Church of Sedlec
  121. Day 118: The Art of Adaptation
  122. Day 119: New York City Garbage
  123. Day 120: Exercise 12
  124. Day 121: Principles of Composition
  125. Day 122: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
  126. Day 123: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  127. Day 124: Raphael (1483-1520)
  128. Day 125: The Starry Night
  129. Day 126: Acropolis Museum
  130. Day 127: Pysanky
  131. Day 128: Dust in the Windshield
  132. Day 129: Processing
  133. Day 130: Exercise 13
  134. Day 131: Steps to Effective Composition
  135. Day 132: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
  136. Day 133: Symbolism
  137. Day 134: Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)
  138. Day 135: The Tempest
  139. Day 136: The Hermitage
  140. Day 137: Dalecarlian Horses
  141. Day 138: One Unbroken Line
  142. Day 139: You’ve Been Dumped
  143. Day 140: Exercise 14
  144. Day 141: Positive and Negative Space
  145. Day 142: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
  146. Day 143: Impressionism
  147. Day 144: Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
  148. Day 145: The Young Bacchus
  149. Day 146: Birth of the Cool
  150. Day 147: Icon Art
  151. Day 148: Gemüseorchester
  152. Day 149: Top Sellers
  153. Day 150: Exercise 15
  154. Day 151: Creating the Perfect Studio
  155. Day 152: Benedetto Croce (1866-1952)
  156. Day 153: Post-Impressionism
  157. Day 154: Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
  158. Day 155: The Third of May, 1808
  159. Day 156: Los Angeles in the 1960s
  160. Day 157: Persian Miniatures
  161. Day 158: Walk-Through Exhibits
  162. Day 159: Burning Man
  163. Day 160: Exercise 16
  164. Day 161: Paint Palettes
  165. Day 162: Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)
  166. Day 163: Art Nouveau
  167. Day 164: Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
  168. Day 165: When Are You Getting Married?
  169. Day 166: This is London
  170. Day 167: Islamic Calligraphy
  171. Day 168: The Art of the Uncontrollable
  172. Day 169: Foodscapes
  173. Day 170: Exercise 17
  174. Day 171: Paintbrushes
  175. Day 172: Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
  176. Day 173: Fauvism
  177. Day 174: Caravaggio (1571-1610)
  178. Day 175: The Milkmaid
  179. Day 176: “Impressions” of 19th-Century Paris
  180. Day 177: Deer Stones
  181. Day 178: The Dead House
  182. Day 179: The Secret Language of Comics
  183. Day 180: Exercise 18
  184. Day 181: Drawing and Painting Surfaces
  185. Day 182: The Human Body
  186. Day 183: Expressionism
  187. Day 184: Claude Monet (1840-1926)
  188. Day 185: L'Absinthe
  189. Day 186: Black Mountain College
  190. Day 187: Cheongsam
  191. Day 188: Rebirth of the Synthetic
  192. Day 189: Coral Castle
  193. Day 190: Exercise 19
  194. Day 191: Introduction to Drawing
  195. Day 192: Nature in Art
  196. Day 193: Cubism
  197. Day 194: Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
  198. Day 195: Luncheon of the Boating Party
  199. Day 196: Into the Woods
  200. Day 197: Longmen Grottoes
  201. Day 198: Sand, Hands, and Soul
  202. Day 199: Crop Circles
  203. Day 200: Exercise 20
  204. Day 201: Drawing What You See
  205. Day 202: Patterns of Beauty in Nature and Art
  206. Day 203: The Ashcan School and The Eight
  207. Day 204: Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
  208. Day 205: Vanitas
  209. Day 206: Pilchuck Glass School
  210. Day 207: Hahoe Mask Dance of South Korea
  211. Day 208: Nothingness
  212. Day 209: The da Vinci... Horse Picture?
  213. Day 210: Exercise 21
  214. Day 211: Graphite Pencil
  215. Day 212: Animals, Art, and Consciousness
  216. Day 213: Futurism
  217. Day 214: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
  218. Day 215: Snap the Whip
  219. Day 216: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
  220. Day 217: “Tiger and Magpie” Paintings
  221. Day 218: Sand Mermaids
  222. Day 219: Fig Leaves
  223. Day 220: Exercise 22
  224. Day 221: Introduction to Pastel
  225. Day 222: Art as Therapy
  226. Day 223: Russian Avant-Garde
  227. Day 224: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
  228. Day 225: Portrait of Pope Innocent X
  229. Day 226: Collecting Art
  230. Day 227: Sumi-e
  231. Day 228: Drawn to the Ocean
  232. Day 229: The Gardner Heist
  233. Day 230: Exercise 23
  234. Day 231: Introduction to Oil Painting
  235. Day 232: Perception and Reality
  236. Day 233: Dada
  237. Day 234: Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)
  238. Day 235: Jane Avril
  239. Day 236: Art Collections of the Rich and Famous
  240. Day 237: Netsuke
  241. Day 238: Tactile Painting
  242. Day 239: Stock, Money, and Art
  243. Day 240: Exercise 24
  244. Day 241: A Brief History of Oil Painting
  245. Day 242: Art and Christianity
  246. Day 243: De Stijl & Neo Plasticism
  247. Day 244: Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
  248. Day 245: The Ashes of Phocion Collected by His Widow
  249. Day 246: Celebrity Art Collectors
  250. Day 247: Hand-Painted Pop
  251. Day 248: Les Coléres
  252. Day 249: Trash or Treasure?
  253. Day 250: Exercise 25
  254. Day 251: Using an Underpainting
  255. Day 252: Art and Judaism
  256. Day 253: The Bauhaus
  257. Day 254: Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
  258. Day 255: Rain, Steam, and Speed
  259. Day 256: What is a Biennial?
  260. Day 257: Tibetan Sand Paintings
  261. Day 258: Cosmetic Interpretation
  262. Day 259: Scanwiches
  263. Day 260: Exercise 26
  264. Day 261: Building an Oil or Acrylic Painting
  265. Day 262: Art and Islam
  266. Day 263: The Harlem Renaissance
  267. Day 264: Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
  268. Day 265: A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
  269. Day 266: Art at the Venice Biennale
  270. Day 267: Skin Deep
  271. Day 268: Marbles and Hair
  272. Day 269: The Amber Room
  273. Day 270: Exercise 27
  274. Day 271: Applying the Paint
  275. Day 272: Eastern Aesthetics
  276. Day 273: The Mexican Renaissance
  277. Day 274: Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
  278. Day 275: Disputation of the Holy Sacrament
  279. Day 276: The Whitney Biennial
  280. Day 277: Shadows and Light
  281. Day 278: Tractor as Pencil
  282. Day 279: Superman
  283. Day 280: Exercise 28
  284. Day 281: Alla Prima Painting
  285. Day 282: African Aesthetics
  286. Day 283: Surrealism
  287. Day 284: Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
  288. Day 285: The Arnolfini Marriage
  289. Day 286: Art Basel
  290. Day 287: West African Barber Shop Signs
  291. Day 288: Junk Art in the Desert
  292. Day 289: Great Bowls o’ Fire!
  293. Day 290: Exercise 29
  294. Day 291: Painting en Plein Air
  295. Day 292: Art and Language
  296. Day 293: Abstract Expressionism
  297. Day 294: Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
  298. Day 295: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
  299. Day 296: Old Favorites, New Discoveries
  300. Day 297: Holy Rollin’
  301. Day 298: Homeless in Russia
  302. Day 299: Artistic Syndromes
  303. Day 300: Exercise 30
  304. Day 301: Introduction to Acrylic
  305. Day 302: Art and Politics
  306. Day 303: Pop Art
  307. Day 304: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
  308. Day 305: Self-Portait
  309. Day 306: Living Pictures
  310. Day 307: Kente Cloth of Western Africa
  311. Day 308: Morpho Towers
  312. Day 309: Math + Physics = ART?
  313. Day 310: Exercise 31
  314. Day 311: Acrylic Mediums
  315. Day 312: Ancient Aesthetics
  316. Day 313: Minimalism
  317. Day 314: Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)
  318. Day 315: Breakfast in Bed
  319. Day 316: Taking Art to the Streets
  320. Day 317: Spirits in Stone
  321. Day 318: Post-Human
  322. Day 319: The Bad Dream
  323. Day 320: Exercise 32
  324. Day 321: Introduction to Watercolor
  325. Day 322: Medieval Aesthetics
  326. Day 323: Performance Art
  327. Day 324: Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)
  328. Day 325: Adele Bloch-Bauer I
  329. Day 326: The Auction House
  330. Day 327: A House United
  331. Day 328: Strandbeest
  332. Day 329: Mona Lisa Lifted
  333. Day 330: Exercise 33
  334. Day 331: Watercolor Pigments
  335. Day 332: Modern Aesthetics
  336. Day 333: Land & Environmental Art
  337. Day 334: Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
  338. Day 335: Jeremiah Mourning Over the Destruction of Jerusalem
  339. Day 336: Sotheby’s
  340. Day 337: More than Meets the Eye
  341. Day 338: Shoes on a Wire
  342. Day 339: Prison Art
  343. Day 340: Exercise 34
  344. Day 341: Watercolor Techniques
  345. Day 342: Postmodern Aesthetics (Part 1)
  346. Day 343: Feminist Art
  347. Day 344: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
  348. Day 345: Bridge Over a Pond with Water Lilies
  349. Day 346: Christie’s
  350. Day 347: Second Skin
  351. Day 348: The Videos of Fischli and Weiss
  352. Day 349: Vegas, Baby
  353. Day 350: Exercise 35
  354. Day 351: Creating an Artist’s Sketchbook
  355. Day 352: Postmodern Aesthetics (Part 2)
  356. Day 353: American Folk Art
  357. Day 354: Titian (1488-1576)
  358. Day 355: The Blue Boy
  359. Day 356: Out West with Bonhams & Butterfield’s
  360. Day 357: Moai
  361. Day 358: Ancient Form Profaned by Pop Culture
  362. Day 359: Radiology Art
  363. Day 360: Exercise 36
  364. Day 361: Art Appreciation
  365. Day 362: Tips for Further Study
  366. Day 363: Postmodern and Contemporary Art
  367. Day 364: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  368. Day 365: Lovers in a Park
  369. Sources Cited
  370. Bridgeman art Library Credits
  371. Additional Credits
  372. About the Authors
  373. Copyright Page