the major failing of this book is its utter lack of illustration.
the author is writing more of an editorial view of the artists he covers and shares his opinions freely. It is fascinating to read a history that predates Van Gogh & Picasso, and seems to skim over-quickly the Leonardo & Rembrandt impacts on the world, in favour of dozens of lesser know figures.
As I.said, it is a review based out of a time with much less access to Information and consideration for opposing views on art.
I consider and recommend it as an academic read, but not a historical or remotely conclusive account of art.