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"It is hard to judge very brilliant books, which may dazzle, deafen, and stun when they explode under our noses . . . but I have finally been brought to the conclusion that Malraux's history of art is not simply one of his best productions but perhaps one of the really great books of our time."—Edmund Wilson
"Nowhere else in modern art criticism can we find so magnificent a style (which combines the sumptuousness of Chateaubriand with the nervous intensity of Pascal) allied to so vast a knowledge of cultural, religious, and artistic history.A towering achievement."—Joseph Frank
This is a comprehensive and psychological history of art from a variety of cultures by one of the eminent thinkers of the twentith century.