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Chess in Art | Peter Herel Raabenstein | Book Discussion

Chess is one of the most exhilarating games across the world. In ancient times, Chess was believed to be played only by the kings. It is more or less viewed as a game for pleasure. However, there is a lot more to this board game than we understand.

Chess involves a sharp acumen and perfect strategy to emerge as a winner. It is not just a board game but a game that aptly applies to our lives. As stated by Benjamin Franklin in his article, ‘The Morals of Chess,’ The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn – foresight, circumspection, and caution.

Chess in Art | Peter Herel Raabenstein | Book Discussion

Chess in Art by Peter Herel Raabenstein is a collection of paintings by more than 700 artists. Each painting attempts to draw the game as perceived by the artists, influenced by social, political, industrial, and technological advancement. These paintings capture the evolution of the game as well as philosophy, symbolism, science, and allegories. These artworks draw inspiration from the economic, military, and social changes that affected the people. The author ensured to provide a detailed explanation for them right in the beginning. The prologue offers an insight into the game of Chess as it traveled across the centuries. Thus, Chess in Art stands to be a great collectible book for the ones who love Chess!

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