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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross King Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial. The drama of its birth, played out on canvas, would at times resemble a battlefield. With a novelist's skill and the insight of a historian, Ross King reveals how Impressionism would reorder both history and culture as it resonated around the world.

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 19th 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/19/2014

    " One of the best art books I have read in a long time. Manet I know; Messonier I barely remember from art history classes. One was poor most of his life; the other had everything. Big lesson to learn from here. COmpelling writing style as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishtim | 2/13/2014

    " I have just finished reading The Judgement of Paris by Ross King. This is the second book i have read from this author and like the first one, "Michelangelo And The Pope's Ceiling", it is an equally enjoyable read. His depth into the social history of Paris during time of Manet and the Impressionist era, and of course art history is through and a very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 1/31/2014

    " French history parades acros the pages of this book, yet it remains an enchanting and smooth read. --Madalene Cuglietta "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/16/2014

    " I have a newfound respect for impressionism. This book was given to me by a dear friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cdoming3 | 1/6/2014

    " Not for the light reader. It's heavy, tremendously detailed - but WOW. The Parisians ate all of the animals in the Paris zoo because they were starving. Even the elephants. This was in the 1870's.... This is not what the book is about - but it's one of those details thats tickes with you. It's a rich, educational experience of the historical and artistic events that lead to the impressionistic movement in art. Fascinating. Thos e that will enjoy it know exactly who you are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Caroline | 12/11/2013

    " This book is extremely informative in its accounts of the beginning of the Impressionist era. The research has clearly been thoroughly done and yet it still reads somewhat like a novel. I did, however, find it a bit boring in some places and have yet to completely finish it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 12/11/2013

    " a fantastic work. i thoroughly enjoyed it. i've never been a fan of impressionist paintings, but the drama that surrounded their beginning is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/21/2013

    " Excellent! Beginnings of the Impressionists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/29/2013

    " another gem from the compare / contrast history genre (Devil In The White City) except it is about art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lili | 8/21/2013

    " If you are an artist or a lover of art this book is a great read. It situates the reader at the vanguard of the impressionist movement and is full of surprising twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 4/21/2013

    " I liked how the author used Manet and Meissonier as the two poles for this story. Alas, I never emotionally engaged with either. I liked the descriptions of the times, the various levels of change and how art reflected it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti Graham | 2/24/2013

    " everything and more you wanted to know about the SALONS and the ART WORLD of 1860 Paris and beyond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Spinrad | 2/20/2013

    " Dry but full of info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Springer | 2/3/2013

    " I would reread this book just for the love of the way Ross King writes. A great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 9/3/2012

    " I read this before going to Paris. I learned a lot about the Paris Commune and post-Revolutionary France as well as about the rise of Impressionism. A really good history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Gendron | 6/9/2012

    " A great historical text of life in Paris and it's artist community in the 1860's and 70's. A very dynamic time and a sophisticated culture is presented that was also plagued by war and civil unrest. Some tie-ins to the "The Count of Monte Cristo" which took place in an overlapping time frame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Boyce | 6/8/2012

    " Reading was textbook style yet interesting. The events in Paris and France in mid nineteenth century from artists' perspective. I had no idea that Monet, Renoir, and more were ridiculed for their painting style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercy | 3/12/2012

    " I'm an art nerd. What can I say "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gouker2 | 1/8/2012

    " Any thing by King is the best researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/5/2011

    " I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. The artistic ferment of 19th century Paris is clearly explained by this excellent study of two painters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 4/10/2011

    " This was one of the best books that I've read in years. It taught me about an important and crucial epoch in art history while learning about the 1860s-70s in Paris and France in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 12/21/2010

    " fabulous audiobook. Excellent reader. wonderful non-fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 micha | 12/5/2010

    " HArder to get through than the others have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 9/13/2010

    " Read this book after seeing the Impressionist exhibits at the DeYoung and the Legion of Honor. Great rendering of the struggle between the reigning, government and establishment-accepted artists and the new "impressionist" artists in the 1860's through 1880's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/21/2010

    " History that reads like a novel. Formidable ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/4/2010

    " Essentially a dual biography about Edouard Manet and his predecessor, Ernest Meissonier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 6/17/2010

    " French history parades acros the pages of this book, yet it remains an enchanting and smooth read. --Madalene Cuglietta "

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About the Author
Author Ross King

Ross King is the highly praised author of Brunelleschi’s Dome (the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (on the New York Times extended bestseller list), The Judgment of Paris, Machiavelli, and two novels, Ex Libris and Domino. He lives outside Oxford in England.

About the Narrator

Tristan Layton has performed in plays in London and New York and has served as a television host. He’s done voice work for documentaries as well as for television and radio commercials. His audiobook credits include reading Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris, Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, and David Nicholls’ The Understudy. Known as “The Master of Accents,” Tristan currently lives in New York.