How to read a painting
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Published by H.N. Abrams in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Painting, European -- Themes, motives,
  • Painting -- Appreciation,
  • Symbolism in art

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 364-367) and index.

Statement[edited by] Patrick de Rynck.
ContributionsRynck, Patrick de, 1963-
Classifications
LC ClassificationsND1145 .H68 2004
The Physical Object
Pagination383 p. :
Number of Pages383
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23273469M
ISBN 100810955768
LC Control Number2004009511

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