How Art Made the World: A Journey to the Origins of Human Creativity

How Art Made the World: A Journey to the Origins of Human Creativity

by Nigel Spivey

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ISBN-13: 9780786722136
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Nigel Spivey is a lecturer in Classics at Cambridge University. He has written several books on Greek and Etruscan art. He is the presenter of the BBC/PBS television series “How Art Made the World,” which this book accompanies. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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How Art Made the World: A Journey to the Origins of Human Creativity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
syrinx_77 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Don't necessarily agree with some of the tenative conclusions that are being drawn; but largely an informative and fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nigel Spivey writes with eloquence and gentle humor and a rich understanding of his chosen topic - how art has informed life has informed art since the beginnings of history. This is one of those books that will appeal to all audiences, whether they be primarily interested in history, archeology, art, human studies, or mystery. It is all here in one splendid volume. Based on a British television series by the same title, Spivey wanders through the most primitive art known from cave drawings, to ornaments, to early 'sculpture' or god figures, into the Renaissance. With very generous pictorial examples he clearly demonstrates how from the very inception of 'art', as we know it, mankind has tackled with the Big Questions - creation, life, death, and gods to God. He shows panoramas of cave drawings which address 'us vs. them', hunting, procreation, fertility, and symbols to ward off evil, be those mythical beasties or Satan or elements of nature confined to diagram, and celebrations and funeral rites. The permutations seem endless. But in the end this book invites us to look at 'art' in a new way - as a manifestation of man's looking inward at himself, finding a rational universe out of his attempts to represent phenomena. It was then, it is now, and hopefully it ever shall be - Art. Wonderful book. Highly recommended! Grady Harp