I am loving reading the books on the book list.  A particular favourite at the moment is:

“To enjoy these works we must have a fresh mind, one which is ready to catch every hint and to respond to every hidden harmony, a mind most of all, not cluttered up with long high-sounding words and ready-made phrases…” pg 33

“The Story of Art”.  It enabled me to chat away last Monday evening to a niece who is doing Classical Studies at uni. here in Auckland.  She loved the colour plates and poured over them, pointing out what she is learning.

I find this book eminently readable.  It uses accessible language and explains the story of art in an interesting way.  I found it fascinating learning about the development of how the face and head was portrayed. From two left feet, a profile face with a full-face eye looking out at you and no foreshortening, in early Egyptian art, (1), to Greek art with the use of foreshortening, (2), though still using the convention of a beautiful face rather than taking the models likeness,(3).  Then towards the end of the fourth century BC, the Greeks began to give a models likeness.”they learned how to size the workings of the individual soul, the particular character of a physiognomy, and to make portraits in our sense of the word”, (4).

(1), pg 52

(2), pg 67

(3), pg 83-84

(4), pg 86