The Visual Arts: A History

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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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The Visual Arts is recognized as the most up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art available in one volume. Now completely revised, it's more comprehensive and compelling than ever. Authors Honour and Fleming take readers from prehistory to Post-Modernism, exploring all the familiar movements and masterworks but also delving into non-Western traditions, architecture, and the decorative arts. The incisive text (incorporating new research and discoveries), more than 1,350 illustrations (nearly 20% new), maps (all redrawn), time charts (all redesigned), and sidebars (including the new "Concepts" and "Urban Development") make this an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand art in context. 1,352 illustrations, 585 in full color, 20 color maps, 928 pages, 811/2 x 10" Hugh Honour is one of the leading art historians of the century. He is co-author, with Nikolaus Pevsner and John Fleming, of The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, and, with John Fleming, of The Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts. John Fleming founded and edited, with Hugh Honour, the Style and Civilization, Architect and Society, and Art in Context series for Penguin Books. He is a winner of the Banister Fletcher Prize and of the Alice Devis Hitchcock Medal.

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"A delight to read . . . that makes us all just that much more alive and alert" -- John Russell, New York Times

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