Engaging and accessible, Abrams' first completely new world survey of the history of art in 20 years is fun to read and use--a rewarding source of information and revelation. The book includes special illustrated sections on techniques, and all terms--even the most basic--are defined, plus a 900-entry glossary. Bibliography & index. 1,625 ...
Engaging and accessible, Abrams' first completely new world survey of the history of art in 20 years is fun to read and use--a rewarding source of information and revelation. The book includes special illustrated sections on techniques, and all terms--even the most basic--are defined, plus a 900-entry glossary. Bibliography & index. 1,625 illustrations, 761 in color. 29 maps. 29 timelines.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-01-01 Destined to establish itself as a modern classic, this hugely informative, wholly enjoyable global history of art from prehistoric times to the present views art as a fundamental, inextricable vehicle for the human spirit. Although Western visual art and architecture receive the most attention, there is also extensive coverage of India, China, Japan, Africa, Islamic art and Pacific cultures. Few texts so wide-rangingly connect the artistic output of each period to the artists' lives, sources of funding and historical, social and political context. The 1625 stunning illustrations (761 in color) are unrivaled in their adventurous selection and quality by any book of this type. Time lines chart parallel developments across cultures and civilizations; inserts spotlight literary and intellectual trends and artists' techniques. Stokstad, art history professor at the University of Kansas, has produced both a college text and a layperson's guide that is more fun than H.W. Janson's standard History of Art, and more multicultural. (Feb.)
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