Art : Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary
by Iain Zaczek and Mary Acton


Overview - The definitive visual guide to over 2,500 paintings and sculptures from around the world, from prehistory to the 21st century. Accessible, engaging, and thoroughly comprehensive, Art shows you how to look at -- and understand -- works of art, before guiding you chronologically through the milestones of art history.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The definitive visual guide to over 2,500 paintings and sculptures from around the world, from prehistory to the 21st century. Accessible, engaging, and thoroughly comprehensive, Art shows you how to look at -- and understand -- works of art, before guiding you chronologically through the milestones of art history.

The book opens with a short section detailing how artists use color, composition, light and shade, perspective, and different media to bring their ideas to fruition. Graphics and overlays explain the simple steps required to analyze, and inform your enjoyment of, any work of art.

Each artistic movement -- from the Italian Renaissance to Impressionism and Pop Art -- is clearly explained, alongside its origins and influences, styles and techniques, and typical subject matter. A visual timeline of key works gives an overview of the scope of each major movement.

More than 700 artists from all periods and cultures -- Western and non-Western, right up to the present day -- are profiled alongside key examples of their work. Picture-packed pages help you to identify the characteristics of each artist's work, and follow how it changed through his or her lifetime. Contextual information deepens your understanding of artists' work, life, and times.
From Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper to Francis Bacon's Screaming Pope, 22 key works are analyzed at full-page size in terms of composition, story, and techniques. What the artists did to create each work -- and how -- is revealed with the help of graphics, overlays, and detailed close-ups. Never before has it been so easy to understand artistic aims and methods.

Interspersed through the book, double-page features show how different artists have approached the same popular themes. Covering subjects as diverse as love, war, work, and children, these beautiful galleries show how attitudes, styles, and techniques change from one era and culture to another.

More than 2,500 works of art are reproduced in Art's stunning chronological catalog. Collaborating with Bridgeman Art Library, the world's most comprehensive source of culture and historical art images, Art brings the world's best images into your home.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780756639723
  • ISBN-10: 0756639727
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
  • Publish Date: October 2008
  • Page Count: 612
  • Dimensions: 12.04 x 10.18 x 1.67 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds


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Remember that art history class you took in college? Well, if you're a bit fuzzy on your ancient artifacts, Florentine frescoes, Klee, Klimt or Kandinsky, pick up Art— and you'll need strong biceps to do it. This stupendous compendium explores everything to do with artistic expression: use of color, composition and medium; theory and technique; themes, schools and movements, artworks and artists. Kicked off by a small poetic essay by Ross King (Brunelleschi's Dome), a team of international art experts offers a crash course in art appreciation, then leads readers through six chronological sections (from prehistory to contemporary) devoted to pre-eminent artworks and artists. Chock-full of gorgeous color reproductions and images, helpful timelines, detailed close-ups, artists' biographies, and with histories and explanations written in clear, concise prose, Art is a standout book for any student or aficionado, a volume King aptly describes as "an admirable feat and a true joy."

 
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