Introduction to the series

A visual tour through major art movements, artists and their works.

Masterpieces of Art is a series of eBook guides featuring multimedia content and interactive functionality to reveal the story behind major periods in art history.  Each eBook provides an engaging and visual account of the development and accomplishments of a significant aesthetic period — whether you’re a novice sticking a toe in the waters of art history or a veteran museum-goer wanting a full-body immersion in the topic.


  • Impressionism – A Legacy of Light – Discover how a group of protagonists combined individual talent and creative collaboration to overcome obstacles and create works of art which were initially met with revulsion but ultimately kicked off an aesthetic revolution, becoming some of the most beloved of Western art.

Content and key features

Impressionism represented the first departure from the Renaissance tradition of illusionistic art and ultimately paved the way for twentieth-century Modernism.  Initially the subject of scandal and ridicule, the movement’s works pushed the boundaries of accepted taste to become universally acclaimed cultural icons.

Learn about this ground-breaking movement in art with Masterpieces of Art, a series of enhanced, interactive eBook guides to major movements in art history:

  • Be inspired by how a group of seven men and two women persevered to gain acceptance despite near-universal ridicule.
  • Understand technical innovations and contributions explained in layman’s terms through numerous captions, interactive canvases with clickable hotspots and an extensive glossary.
  • Discover the human story behind the movement through engaging anecdotes, lively quotations and contemporary criticism.
  • Revel in the beauty of some of the most beloved art works of all time.

About the author

Carol Strickland is an author, screenwriter and regular correspondent on art, architecture and cultural topics for various publications such as Art in America magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Nation and Art & Antiques.

She is the author of the acclaimed art history book The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in the History of Art from Prehistoric to Post-Modern and The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture. The American Library Association includes The Annotated Mona Lisa in its Top 100 list of recommended books and, having sold 400,000 copies, it is frequently listed as one of Amazon’s best-selling art books. Strickland has also written The Illustrated Timeline of Art History: A Crash Course in Words and PicturesThe Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature, and her essays have appeared in monographs on the artists Paul Waldman and Aris Kalaizis.

Strickland has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Michigan and has taught at Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Southampton College, Stevens Institute of Technology and La Guardia Community College.

She has a home on Long Island in New York State. Her film scripts have been produced as documentaries and broadcast on cable television. Links to her most recent feature stories can be found under the ‘Events’ tab on her website: She also records her travels and reflections on current cultural topics on Twitter (@carolartbeat).


Art + Design Magazine: Interview with Carol Strickland, Fall 2015 Issue 9, click here to view (opens in a new window)
The First Modern Art Dealer and the Movement he Incited, 21st September 2015, click here to view (opens in a new window)
A Manifesto for eBooks on Art, 15th September 2015, click here to view (opens in a new window)
Seeing Impressionism in a Whole New Light, 7th April 2015, click here to download (PDF Format).
Impressionism – A Legacy of Light, 18th December 2014 – click here to download (PDF Format).



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