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Art: The Definitive Visual Guide (DK Definitive Cultural Histories)

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A lot of this is just normal stuff really and I'm only complaining cause I'm critical of a lot of these mainstream ideas. Not surprising and obviously there's space reasons for not going too wide but still it's a big omission. I am newly studying art and reading this gave me a decent overview and some ideas for time periods and cultures that I want to study further. Parceling out my reading in those short bursts kept it from becoming tedious, which the tiny print would do if I read too long. It has a mostly objective approach in which each artist is respected while having a slightly contemporary tone through phrasing and word choice.

Andrew Graham-Dixon has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. Overall I did like this and it is impressive that almost everything you can think of about art is covered. I barely scratched the surface in the time I had this from the library, and I could sit for an hour or more just reading and examining the photographs. Linger over 8,000 stunning works from 700 artists and explore the major milestones, from cave paintings to modern masterpieces. 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.

Andrew Graham Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television programmes in the English-speaking world. Discover key facts about the most prominent artistic movements, including their origins and influences, and follow a timeline of the most famous works. He has presented six landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance, and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists.

The focus here is definitely on Western art history which isn't necessarily a bad thing but was a little on the tacky side considering the scope the book purports to have. The breadth of material is astounding, covering artists I'd never heard of in all my art history classes. This is a truly magnificent art book about exploring different artists informations,timelines,variety of paintings from different artists through exploring diferent techniques . Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. Aunque es un libro ambicioso, su orden diacrónico y su más de 2500 ilustraciones, entrega un panorama muy amplio de las artes plásticas, sus principales creadores y sus obras más representativas.

Grossed me out but that seems the normal way of talking about this disgusting child abuser because hey he did good art!

I fear that any young person into whose hands this volume falls (once they've received the appropriate medical attention) would flick through this tome saying yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, tick, tick - done the Renaissance then. Other folks have written more technical criticism about the white centric view and that’s probably accurate. The book also discusses the different Art movements that came about and dominated European- and Asian-thoughts in the processes of their paintings, such as the well known ones like Gothic; Romanesque; Renaissance, and; Baroque, and perhaps the less well known ones such as Mannerism; Fauvism; Rococo, and; Neoclassicism.

When you claim to be the "definitive visual guide" of art itself there is always going to be room to point out where such-and-such a thing wasn't included. It also inspires me to see more art in the world and arms me with more knowledge with which to view these works.

Art - The Definitive Visual Guide by DK Books is probably the most in-depth encyclopedia that takes you through various decades of art; it is enlightening and inspiring, it is the graduate course in fine arts that you may have wanted to take but never got around to.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. The ultimate introduction to global art, presenting 30,000 years of creativity in one lavishly illustrated book. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present, including Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. An invaluable reference book for any art lover, it showcases the works; everything from Italian baroque painting and African art to contemporary art history.

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