The Discovery of Painting: The Growth of Interest in the Arts in England by Iain Pears
8vo. pp. x, 291. b/w illustrations. bibliography. index. hardcover cloth. dw. (near fine). New Haven & London: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1988.
ISBN-10: 0300038291 / ISBN-13: 9780300038293
Before 1680, the English were largely uninterested in painting, but in the decades that followed they became Europe's most assiduous collectors. In this book, the author explains both the causes and effects of this burgeoning interest in art.