Art: The Definitive Visual Guide

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ART, the ultimate visual guide to 2,000 of the world's most revered paintings and sculptures, begins with a short section on how to look at paintings and sculpture, explaining the simple steps of formal analysis that swiftly become automatic and greatly increase and inform your enjoyment of art. The main part of the book is a 540-page chronological look at more than 700 artists. This section is subdivided into the main periods of art history with introductions to each period or art movement that explain the key ...
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Overview

ART, the ultimate visual guide to 2,000 of the world's most revered paintings and sculptures, begins with a short section on how to look at paintings and sculpture, explaining the simple steps of formal analysis that swiftly become automatic and greatly increase and inform your enjoyment of art. The main part of the book is a 540-page chronological look at more than 700 artists. This section is subdivided into the main periods of art history with introductions to each period or art movement that explain the key elements and influences of the time. With several paintings by each major artist, this section is a joy to dip into or study in more depth. Key paintings are examined in detail to help you understand the artist's intentions, style, and method. Thematic galleries are interspersed, showing how artists from different periods and places treat the same subject matter, such as landscape, nudes, or animals.
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This instructive and inspirational reference work takes readers on a voyage through the visual arts of the many different cultures that have inhabited Earth from primeval times to the present day. After a helpful introductory section dedicated to explaining how to look at and talk about art, the book does just that-it looks critically at and discusses the history, key features, and cultural contexts of specific works of art, artistic movements, and artistic themes. Easy to read and use, the book is divided into six sections arranged chronologically from Ancient Egypt to North American art today. For example, the first section, titled "Prehistory to 1400 C.E.," covers Ancient Egypt (c.3000-300 B.C.E.) through the end of the Khmer Empire (802-1431 C.E.) and everything in between. The sections are color coded on the fore edge of the book's text block, which makes skipping around easy, and each section begins with a time line. The book ends with a practical glossary of terms and a comprehensive index. While there are other art reference books, such as Phaidon's recent 30,000 Years of Art and The Collins Big Book of Art, none features as many high-quality images of as many works as this effort. Both newcomers to art and art connoisseurs will enjoy this picturesque work.
—Jennifer Pollock

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756639723
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/20/2008
  • Pages: 612
  • Sales rank: 214,668
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    ColoR (mY) wOrLd...

    Finding this piece of magic was glorious. The knowledge of the various ARTistS, the COLOR, it's written TEXTURE for the mind. Straight and to the point. No persona-(so to speak). i LOVE ART and this lets mE LOVE it even MORE...i have no words...please LOOK.

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