A tale of many artists, The Judgment of Paris revolves around the lives of two, described as "the two poles of art": Ernest Meissonier, the most famous and successful painter of the nineteenth century, hailed for his precision and devotion to history; and Edouard Manet, reviled in his time, who nonetheless heralded the most radical change in the history of art since the Renaissance. Out of the most fascinating story of their parallel lives, illuminated by their legendary supporters and critics, King recalls a seminal period when Paris was the artistic center of the world, and a revolutionary art movement had the power to electrify and divide a nation.
©2006 Ross King; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"King is a master at linking pivotal moments in art history to epic rivalries....Supremely engaging and illuminating." (Booklist)
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