Art: From Cave Painting to Street Art- 40,000 Years of Creativity

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This is the perfect introduction to art history and the art world—rich with information and prolifically illustrated with reproductions of masterpieces from every era and from around the world. Extraordinarily compact yet richly written and extensively illustrated, this remarkable introduction to art traces the evolution of art movement by movement, throughout time and across the world. Filled with classic and iconic masterpieces as well as lesser-known marvels awaiting greater attention, it includes a thorough ...
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Overview

This is the perfect introduction to art history and the art world—rich with information and prolifically illustrated with reproductions of masterpieces from every era and from around the world. Extraordinarily compact yet richly written and extensively illustrated, this remarkable introduction to art traces the evolution of art movement by movement, throughout time and across the world. Filled with classic and iconic masterpieces as well as lesser-known marvels awaiting greater attention, it includes a thorough assessment of artists, movements, concepts, and key works. Among the distinctive features included are the timeline at the foot of each page positioning each work in time and place in relation to other masterpieces and artistic trends. Also included are boxed "focal points" exploring up-close unusual details in the work of art profiled; "artist profiles" allowing the reader to delve deeper into the life and work of key artists; and special in-depth features on related topics, such as how the cost of oil paint affected artistic choices in the Dutch Golden Age, tips on visiting a museum for the first time, or how to start an art collection. Each featured art work appears with detailed analysis explaining everything from signs and symbols in art to visual metaphors and technical innovations. Meant to be a book that can be read from beginning to end or browsed randomly, this will make a treasured gift as well as a wonderful self-indulgence.
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Art appreciation is not a one-stop procedure, but it is a lifelong process in which first steps are important. Stephen Farthing provides 575 pages of those first steps in Art From Cave Painting To Street Art. This carefully planned, executed book isn't just a potpourri of famous pictures; it's a profusely illustrated walking tour of great artworks, artists, movements, techniques, and concepts. In profiles and boxed focal points, Farthing pinpoints essential information and fascinating details about individual artists, movements, and artistic trends. First a gift; then a resource.

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"With more than 1100 colour images of world famous artworks in every style,
genre and medium imaginable, this impressive book fulfils its ambitious promise to tell "the whole story". By annotating each artwork within contextual timelines, linking to parallel cultural and historical events and highlighting particular details and symbois in each image, readers can swiftly navigate and digest a huge amount of information with ease. An informative future classic." ~The Bookseller (UK)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789318336
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 608,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Farthing is an artist, writer, and the Rooststein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London. He is the author of Universe Publishing’s 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die.
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    For Art an Enthusiast

    I am studying art and I sold my Art History book back to the school. Since then I have been trying to find the book or something that was equal to it and I finally have! I actually like this one better!!!

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