The Visual Arts: A History / Edition 7

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The most up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art ever published in a single volume, "The Visual Arts: A History" presents art as an integrated dimension of human activity. It offers an authoritative, balanced, and stimulating account of the arts—ranging from a statuette carved in central Europe some 30,000 years ago to contemporary installation pieces by Jenny Holzer and Gary Hill. The scope is international, including the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The fine arts are represented by painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and photography. But so are other arts: textiles, coins, pottery, gold and silver work, Body and Video Art, to name a few. Authors Hugh Honour and John Fleming, esteemed art historians, explore the purpose and meaning of art and show how art can give pleasure and also deepen our self-knowledge. They guide us in understanding the visual arts' role in maintaining beliefs, practicing rituals, and transmitting moral and social codes. On the practical side, their text presents a sound account of techniques and methods of painting, building, and sculpting and explains the basic tools of the visual arts, such as color and perspective systems.

114 illustrations, 40 in full color, 128 pages, 8-7/8 x 12"

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<:st> This hefty, thoroughly illustrated single-volume history by two esteemed art historians is international in scope and comprehensive in its coverage of the visual arts, including painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and photography, as well as textiles, coins, pottery enamels, gold, and silver. cites this reference, which was first published in 1982. (The fifth edition was also published paperbound by Prentice Hall, and in the UK by Laurence King Publishing under the title .) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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A beautifully balanced account of the history of art from 30,000 B.C. to the present, illustrated with color and black-and-white plates and covering all areas and genres. Written with insight, clarity, and fluency, this superb volume includes descriptions and depictions of the Lascaux cave paintings, the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt, and the great Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, as well as the sculpture of Asia, Africa, and Melanesia, and American photographs and installations of the past decade. "A monumental work..."--London Review of Books. 8 1/2" x 11". 1991.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131551138
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Honour is one of the leading art historians of the 20th century. He is co-author with Nikolaus Pevsner and John Fleming of The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture.

John Fleming founded and edited with Hugh Honour the Pelican Style and Civilization series. He died in 2001.

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Table of Contents

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1 Before history 4
2 The early civilizations 20
3 Developments across the continents 59
4 The Greeks and their neighbours 95
5 Hellenistic and Roman art 141
6 Buddhism and Far Eastern art 192
7 Early Christian and Byzantine art 264
8 Early Islamic art 309
9 Medieval Christendom 332
10 The fifteenth century in Europe 388
11 The sixteenth century in Europe 430
12 The Americas, Africa and Asia 476
13 The seventeenth century in Europe 530
14 Enlightenment and liberty 570
15 Romanticism to Realism 598
16 Eastern traditions 643
17 Impressionism to Post-Impressionism 656
18 Indigenous arts of Africa, the Americas, Australia and Oceania 689
19 Art from 1900 to 1919 716
20 Between the two world wars 745
21 Post-war to Post-Modern 775
22 Towards the third millennium 803
Glossary 828
For further reading 841
Index 848
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