This narrative account, from the earliest cave paintings up to the present day, has new things to say about almost every period of art. With 300 color illustrations, this book is vivid, evocative and immensely readable, whether the author is describing the beauty of Egyptian low-relief carving or the medieval cathedrals of Europe, the watercolours of Thomas Girtin or the utility of Roman bridges ('the best bridges in history'), the genius of Andrew Wyeth or the tranquility of the Great Mosque at Damascus, the paintings of Ilya Repin or a carpet-page from the Lindisfarne Gospels.
This extensively illustrated volume offers a wealth of color photographs and drawings to match the exceptional breadth of its subject. With over 3,000 entries, it covers art, architecture, dance, decorative art, music, musical instruments, theatre, and literature from pre-history to the present. Including art from every continent, familiar and unfamiliar masterpieces, and descriptions of the world's greatest literary, artistic, and musical figures--ranging from Aeschylus to Louis Armstrong and Fred Astaire to Diane Arbus--this extensive reference is an indispensable introduction to the engaging world of the arts.
From cave paintings to Jeff Koons--that's where this stunningly illustrated history of art takes you. Filled with pictures of paintings, sculptures, museum artifacts, and architectural standouts, and a cross-cultural approach that encompasses European, American, Asian, and Islamic masterpieces, it proceeds on a thrilling visual tour.
This forms part of a two-volume work covering works of art and artists. This volume includes entries for 500 artists (painters, sculptors, engravers, etc) from Western Europe and the Americas from the Renaissance to the present day.
Sister Wendy is back with this expanded version of her popular book, which features more than 450 masterpieces, 150 oversized details from key paintings, and 250+ photos, drawings, and documents that place paintings in their historical context.