The Visual Arts: A History

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The most up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art ever published in a single volume, "The Visual Arts: A History" presents art as an integrated dimension of human activity. With insight and elegance, it offers an authoritative, balanced, and stimulating account of the arts - ranging from a statuette carved in central Europe some 30,000 years ago to contemporary installation pieces by Jenny Holzer and Gary Hill. The scope is international, including the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The fine arts are represented of course, by painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and photography. But so are other arts: textiles, coins, pottery, enamels, gold and silver work, Earth and Land Art, Body and Video Art, to name a few.

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Substantially enlarged and completely revised, this highly-regarded classic interpretive art survey covers the visual arts -- i.e., painting, sculpture, architecture, prints, photography, and mixed media -- world-wide -- from prehistory to 1990.

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An authoritative, balanced, and enlightened account of the history of art, ranging from the primitive art of hunters 30,000 years ago to examples of the most controversial art forms of today. This book contains over 1400 superb illustrations, including color maps and architectural plans, enabling the reader to gain perspective of the global scope of this subject. Encompassing the arts of Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, this book covers painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and photography, as well as describing historical trends that influenced all trends in art from around the world. For those needing to gain perspective regarding the history of art in our world, including art gallery owners, art collectors, and those entering the field of graphic design and art production.

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