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The Collins Big Book of Art: From Cave Art to Pop Art Hardcover – November 1, 2005

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David Wilkins is an art historian who served as the head of the Art History department of the University of Pittsburgh. He curently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 10.2.2005 edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060832851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060832858
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Cattini on November 17, 2005
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This is a great book for anyone who wants to know a little (or a lot!) more about art. It has numerous illustrations, a timeline, and also goes into themes and how certain art movements have depicted a specific feature (eyes, for example). You can open the book to any page to get a quick glimpse and learn some fun facts, or you can read it from the beginning. The Collins Big Book of Art is beautiful and the best general book about art I've seen. I received it as a gift, and I'm going to be buying it for others this Christmas.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Goforart on November 2, 2005
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Finally, a book that traces Art History from cave art until the 21st century and does so in a clear and organized manner. The glorious art works chosen to define different periods traces art history through specific eras and then interconnects each period with the past and the future. The illustrations selected by Dr. David Wilkins show the finest of the world's masterpieces and the accompanying descriptions further the reader's knowledge and appreciation. It should be noted that Dr. Wilkins was honored by the College Art Association this spring when he was presented with their 2005 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award. One can read further about the award by going to [...] Gather the family together and enjoy the Collins Big Book of Art.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M C M on April 10, 2007
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I am a professional artist and teacher. The Collins Big Book of Art offers a view of various periods, styles, genres, and trends in a way I have not found in any other reference book. Its terrific and useful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Chapin on December 1, 2008
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This is a great history book on art for like they say an overview from cave paintings to pop art. Most of the materials have been compiled before in several volumns on various topics so if you want it all in one spot and a general survey of it this is great. There is, however, a disconnect to the renaissance happening in Today's Art, both realistic traditional and digital contemporary. It seems just a tad superficial that you can cover art all in a one stop read method, so for people who really want to delve into a particular aspect of art you'll need to continue reading the separate references.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 26, 2006
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This volume takes you through the history of art in a way that embraces the reader like none other. There is order here in the way the material is presented. It is very logical and helps explain quite a bit of what has gone on since the first artistic expressions were created. You can feel your way through history and find a clear development of artistic techniques and styles. There is a definite reason behind these and it is explained with great feeling. There is quite a bit of psychology about the subject matter of what is on the canvas. Why does an artist or group of artists choose to capture something in a particular way? This is a quite a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bones Winchester on March 25, 2014
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nice big book. lots of pictures and art styles my boyfriend will like this very much. please stop asking me to rate this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Wright on May 17, 2014
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This book is full of interesting facts. I have already learnt so much about art history! The only thing it does have and I feel it should, is an explanation of art movements. I highly recommend it though.
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Awesome book! I originally purchased it to teach my young boys the basics about classical art and art history. I use it on rainy days as a source of scavenger hunts- I show them a page and give them 5 minutes to memorize as much on the page as they can. At the 5 minute mark, they have to regurgitate what they saw and what their impression of the art was. For each factoid they get a penny- not much money but enough to keep little boys interested. Better than just a coffee table book. Thanks!
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