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Dore's Knights and Medieval Adventure (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I have a great collection of Dores books but this one is not up to the same standard as the others I have purchased. It is a good quality book though and it is proabably subject matter than has not grabbed me compared to the others. See the review.
Dores Knights and Medieval Adventure
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. As a student of history especially Medieval history , and a fan of classical adventure, this is like finding a core primer for the art-lover who likes his backgrounds historical in theme! Dore is one of the greatest illustrators to ever live, and this volume is sure not to disappoint! The imagination hearkens to the clash of swords and spears, the crash of armor, the thud of hooves and shouts of men in war as they come together in a cacophony of turmoil for the greater good and defense of their principles and homelands!
This is an artist who's scenes are cinematic in scope, and one who lived "before his time"! A must for the fan of the artist or the Age! Wonderful book! This thin, little book has such lovely reproductions in it -- you can see clearly Dore's etching lines and every possible detail in each etching. I was in awe when I looked at this book. You get more than you pay for I ever never seen clearer pictures of this man's work as is in this book.
This book is TOO good. The reproduction quality is excellent. Upon close inspection, minute artifacts can be seen in most of the engravings. Most often they are tiny white dots in otherwise dark spaces. However, with the extraordinary density of fine lines engraved in every image, flawless pressings may have been nearly impossible. I recommend studying this book with a large magnifying glass. The naked eye doesn't do justice to the almost superhuman effort that went into the artwork.
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Every plate bears the monogram of both Dore and an assistant, and he clearly needed help to complete the book. Just imagining what it took to finish the book gives me carpal tunnel. Every image is easily readable. Contrast is generally in the medium-high range, and all planes are well-defined. Many plates contain hundreds, even thousands of figures, and creating such large-scale images coherently is a feat in itself.
The style Dore employs in his Bible scenes is atypical of the medium. He engraves with a woodcutter's sensibility, giving this book a distinct look. With the exception of a few uses of stippling, every plate consists only of contouring lines of varying density. True white or black spaces are practically nowhere to be found in the entire set; the hand of the artist can be seen everywhere.
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No shortcuts were taken, and Dore seems to say with his technique that the subject matter is important enough to demand great dedication. After an avalanche of praise, I should note that the book isn't above reproach. Plate shows some highly questionable-looking bears, plate 38 shows a camel that is wildly out of proportion, and plate 14 shows some awkwardly rendered figures.
But there's another problem that pervades the series, and that's a lack of complexity. There's not much in the way of symbolism or imagination, and there are no close ups. This is a macroscopic, bird's-eye view of the Bible that's more about events than people, more about style than substance.
Dore doesn't seem to have that spark of insight that defines the devotional masterpieces of Durer, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangeo, Holbein, Rubens, Bosch, etc. That said, the book as a whole is immense and impressive, and very well-reproduced by Dover. Highly recommended to anyone interested in art and religion. I didn't know Dore' did Bible Illustrations. I discovered this when I was searching for new Bibles for my shelf historical Bibles, study bibles, etc. Dore' illustrations. I enjoy looking through this book.
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Dore' as the illustrator of Rime of The Ancient Mariner a favorite of mine and I have a few older editions. The illustrations for Mariner are haunting and totally awesome wood-cut illustrations.