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Starred Review. This enormous, extraordinary collection brings together 1000 high-quality color illustrations, showcasing the evolution of creative arts over diverse cultures from prehistoric to modern times. Arranged chronologically, each piece is given its own page and a condensed summary of its provenance, key features and cultural context. Book-ended by a ritual "lion man" figurine from 28,000 B.C. found in a cave in southern Germany, and an as-yet-unfinished environmental sculpture by American artist James Turrell (materials: "Extinct volcano and light"), it also contains two time-lines, one covering major movements in the 13 cultures represented (Mesopotamia, Iran and the Arabian Peninsula; Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean; Egypt and Africa; Europe; North America; Central America and the Caribbean; South America; Oceania; Japan; Korea; China; Southeast Asia; and Central Asia) and another comprised of a 28 page horizontal index that sets each piece against major world events. A 10-page glossary and comprehensive index completes this invaluable resource. Ably capturing the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the human spirit and the sweep of history, this is a book art-lovers and cultural anthropologists-scholars and laypeople alike-are guaranteed to cherish.
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'1,000 beautiful plates ... illustrate such a variety of objects that even the most erudite reader is bound to find something new.' The Sunday Telegraph 'one for the cultured armchair traveller looking for inspiration for future journeys.' The Times 'This enormous tome of encyclopedic proportions is an essential addition to any library.' The Bookseller 'this is a book art-lovers and cultural anthropologists-scholars and laypeople alike-are guaranteed to cherish.' Publishers Weekly
This is an excellent book for anyone who'd like a holistic timeline of art across centuries and cultures. And for under 60 dollars!Published 4 months ago by marianne
extremely disappointed the book was in poor condition. the binding of the book was destroyed both front and back. Will have to search elsewhere to buy a NEW version of the book.Published 12 months ago by Lezlie Bermudez
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK HAS EVERTHING YOU NEED TO SEE NO OTHER ART BOOK IS REALLY NEEDED I HAVE BOUGHT SEVERAL AS GIFTS AS WELLPublished 23 months ago by BOBBY A YOUNGER
Excellant condition, not a lap book at 12 pounds but as a high school art -teacher I can see endless usesPublished on September 11, 2013 by Bruce
Great coffee table book,conversational piece of art.Published on September 6, 2013 by Aleksander Culich
I bought this for my children and they do really like it. Definitely creative fun and entertaining to keep young minds active.Published on September 5, 2013 by Allison Nelson
The ad for this product stated that the book was new and in perfect condition. When the book arrived it was very disappointing to open the package and see that the cover was... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Arnaldo Oliveras Fernandez
This is a response to the one star rating. The book is phenomenal. After a lifetime of passion for art including a university and graduate (PhD) education in the social sciences... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by AvidReader
IF you have a stand to review the book on it is a great buy. More 3-D art than paintings. Love it. Covers many areas not usually included. Also good for pressing trousers. ThanksPublished on December 22, 2010 by S. T. Lightsey