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Time Life Library of Art - Complete Set of 28 Books Hardcover – 1967


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Time-Life Books (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RLP1C4
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Editor, SFHR on October 24, 2010
As Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at San Francisco State University, I always urge my students to buy these volumes.

If you're starting to discover that you understand and enjoy art, the greatest way to educate yourself about art is to buy volumes in the Time Life World of Art series. These volumes now cost about three dollars, plus shipping; and they're masterpieces.

This was a Sixties masterpiece of American publishing from the Luce empire (publishers of TIME and LIFE). The books once cost the equivalent of 25 contemporary dollars. You signed up for the whole series, and they were shipped to you as they were created. They're boxed in illustrated slipcases, with beautiful illustrations, large hardbacks printed on thick, slick paper, about two and a half pounds each. It took the giant existing Time Life staff to do something like that project.

The series ended triumphantly with a volume on American art replacing Paris as the center of the art world. That was the Sixties. We were proud of Pop. Henry Luce, the series' publisher, was the man who had proclaimed the 20th century to be "The American Century." After World War II, his conservative magazines had, amazingly, promoted the ultra avant garde art of Jackson Pollock, the splashes and drips on canvas. Luce had discovered that Jackson Pollock was something like the new heavyweight champion of the avant garde world, unseating Picasso, and he loved the idea of an American capturing that title from a European.

Today, the art book series is as forgotten as Life Magazine which, before color TV, Americans homes received every week, with the news in beautiful pictures. The series is beautiful too. The slipcases kept them fresh. When you open them, you still smell that fine, clean paper.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lemon Thrower on April 17, 2014
Each volume came with a separate slipcase. The slip cases are light-colored with a paste-on of one of the artist's works on the front of the slip case.

Complete set is the following:

1. "The World of Watteau",
2. "The World of Giotto",
3. "The World of Bernini",
4. "The World of Velazquez",
5. "The World of Whistler",
6. "The World of Marcel Duchamp",
7. "The World of Bruegel",
8. "The World of Matisse",
9. "The World of Picasso",
10. "The World of Vermeer",
11. "The World of Rubens",
12. "The World of Cezanne",
13. "The World of Leonardo",
14. "The World of Copley",
15. "The World of Rembrandt",
16. "The World of Durer",
17. "The World of Van Gogh",
18. "The World of Turner",
19. "The World of Delacroix",
20. "The World of Titian",
21. "The World of Goya",
22. "The World of Manet",
23. "The World of Winslow Homer",
24. "The World of Rodin",
25. "The World of Michelangelo",
26. "The World of Gainsborough",
27. "American Painting, 1900 - 1970" and "
28. Seven Centuries of Art, Survey and Index".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill King on October 17, 2011
I majored in the sciences some time ago, but got money's worth out of my education fees by taking as many classes in the arts as was possible to fit in. Among the history books on my shelves a few enjoy pride of place for excellent quality in the text. No one of these exceed the average quality of the authors in this set. An extraordinary bargain. And loving history, I'm pleased there is actually slightly more about the individual artists' lives, and the state of the art world of their day, than their actual works. But the reader is not shortchanged in any aspect of the coverage.
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