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Art: A World History

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From cave paintings and computer art to classical temples and postmodern office buildings, a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to art and architecture from around the world features accounts of different periods of world art, with timelines to assist in comprehending various styles, techniques, and forms. Reprint.

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Like a visit to a single museum that happens to house all the major works from all the major movements in art, architecture, and visual and decorative arts, this hefty tome lives up to its title. From pre-history to present day, cave paintings to computer art, it delivers on its promise to bring together "art from every age and from every corner of the world." In 720 pages and more than 2,200 color illustrations, this includes, in addition to the traditional disciplines, fashion, advertisement, performance art and theater, and computer-generated virtual art. Readers can research, peruse, study, or simply flip through the history of art, arranged geographically and chronologically and placed in social and historical context. Call-out boxes focus on particularly important features of the period, culture, or environment under examination, and summary timelines highlight whole chapters in a few pages and break up running text on each page. This makes for busy pages, chock-full of textual and visual information, but if anyone can successfully present too much information, it's Dorling Kindersley. There's even a section on the aesthetic importance of nouvelle cuisine, a late 20th century style of preparing and presenting food. You can't get that in Gardner's.

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Encyclopedic in Scope: Conceived as a journey through a huge museum, Art: A World History looks at the development of art from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary innovations of the late 20th century. From the art of the great preclassical civilizations to the treasures of five coninents, all the major movements & mediums in the history of world art are chronicled and set in their historical context. Unique Practical Approach: The authoritative historical text is complemented by parallel discussions of individual artists, objects, styles, or related themes, which are examined in separate boxes. In addition, concise, step-by-step analyses of key works of art reveal and explain the inspiration, hidden meaning, and techniques behind the masterpieces. Clear & Authoritative Text: Written by a renowned team of experts, Art: A World History is easy to use for both research and reference. With information-packed timelines, a glossary of art terms, and a comprehensive index, this entertaining guide is ideal for students, art historians and general readers alike.

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