Point me toward the "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music" of painting
March 8, 2013 7:30 PM Subscribe
I just asked my art-school trained girlfriend to teach me to paint. My art history is probably better than average, but I'm sure I'm missing knowledge of 96% of the technique I'd like to know about. Help me fix this.
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Essentially, I'd like to take a virtual dash through the history of painting, sort of like that one Bande à part sequence, but with more glancing around. I've read your typical Art 101 texts, spent a lot of youthful time wandering the Met and MOMA, and already have a bunch of opinions, but I'd like more before really switching from art observer to art creator.
When I started writing this question I jokingly mentioned Ishkur's as a reference point without having visited the site in at least five years, but I just browsed through it and realized that it's exactly what I'm looking for. I really just want a curated, vaguely comprehensive, semi-subjective, and heavily illustrated overview of the last several hundred years of painting that I could spend a couple leisurely hours with and come away better informed. Does such a thing exist?
[for reference, my current interests are all over the place. If I had to choose, I'm more interested in breadth of technique than breadth of subject]