Primarily a picture book, the numerous reproductions include a representative selection of the works of many of the ""Great Master""--selected with major emphasis on the Renaissance and the French Impressionist painters. The text concentrates mainly on the artists--random anecdotes about their lives, brief explanation of the social and artistic environments influencing their work. The basic styles and techniques of the artists are explained with clear reference to the prints. Unfortunately, the analytic approach is somewhat marred by the frequent use of unnecessary metaphors: Giotto is called a ""white light,"" della Francesca an ""ageless oak tree,"" da Vinci a ""lone star,"" and so on. The prints are many and comprise a good collection of some of the greatest and most famous works of art. There is a list of the major art museums in the United States, and a table which shows where the works of the artists are displayed.