30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space

30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space

Hardcover

$59.95

Overview

30,000 YEARS OF ART: THE STORY OF HUMAN CREATIVITY ACROSS TIME AND SPACE is the follow-up to Phaidon's phenomenally successful THE ART BOOK. This is an accessible, fun and informative compendium of world art that offers a fresh perspective on the whole of art history, from 28,000 BC to the present day. It debunks art historical classifications and hierarchies by presenting 1,000 masterworks of art in simple chronological order, demonstrating what was being created all over the globe at the same time. Only here can you find the Venus de Milo next to a mural from the Mayan civilization, or Velazquez' Las Meninas next to a painting from the Chinese Ming Dynasty, an Indian jade wine cup, a ritual Nepalese plaque, a Korean portrait, and Vermeer's Milkmaid. Each work has been chosen for its unique place in the history of art, and as a representative example of the art of its culture. By juxtaposing works of art from different cultures throughout time, this is the first book to offer a balanced appraisal of world art history, revealing the huge diversity of and similarity between man's artistic achievements. Each entry includes a full-page color image of the work and a concise descriptive text that sets the work in context, explaining its contribution to the development of art and the medium in which it was created. A comprehensive index, illustrated timelines, and a glossary of terms and movements make this book an invaluable reference tool and teaching resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780714847894
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication date: 10/31/2007
Pages: 1072
Product dimensions: 12.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 2.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this is one of the best gifts I have received in a loooong time...save for the complete works of Oscar Wilde... But this book is not only the perfect reference tool for general art knowledge, but it provides hours of entertainment simply by having such wonderful pictures and samplings of world art. The information section for each piece gives just enough background and commentary about the work so that it is not tedious or over-thought. In addition to talking about each artist, a brief description of the art movement that the piece came out of is also given. I think overall, it is an awesome book that gives a very wide perspective on the history of art, and it is really amazing to flip through from beginning to end and see how far our creativity has come.
michanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the photos are nice and it is interesting to walk through a point in time page by page, country by country; there is next to no named women represented in this book. I anticipate women to be under-represented in a collection of influential art but from 1900 to 1995 (~1,000 pgs) there are exactly 3.
scampus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This enormous work provides an image and accompanying text information about 1000 of mankinds' greatest or most significant works of art over the past 30,000 years. It's a great way to present the information, although perhaps a little too awkward and heavy to read in bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago