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Art Museum: Ancient Sculpture To Impressionist Masters by [Tree, Simple]
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Length: 1437 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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  • File Size: 41720 KB
  • Print Length: 1437 pages
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EDE2CM
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I don't understand why anyone would give this compilation a 5 star review. There is no index, little information, poor formatting, it's badly organized and difficult to navigate on a Kindle. The art itself seems to have been randomly chosen with little context provided.

It is best "read" on a computer Kindle App or Kindle Fire, as it is basically a series of photos of varying quality art works, chosen and presented randomly, within 9 broad chapters. These chapters aren't even named other than 1, 2, 3, etc on the opening page. To find out what each chapter covers, you have to return to the front page and click on each, one at a time, which takes you to the beginning of the chapter.

Just to save you all time, here is what is covered. Chapter 1, African art. Chapter 2, American Art. Chapter 3, Art of the Ancient Americas, Chapter 4, Art of the Ancient near east, Chapter 5, Art of the Pacific, Chapter 6, Chinese and Korean Art, Chapter 7, Costumes and Textiles Chapter 8, Decorative Arts and Design, Chapter 9, Egyptian Art.

Note that Europe is not represented, except within some of the costume and decorative sections. Within sections, items appear to be randomly selected, in no particular order, either by type, era, artist or medium. Since items are not indexed in any way, it is nearly impossible to search for any item, except within the 9 chapters, page by page.

I gave this 2 stars because the photos are decent quality, usually in color and it is interesting to browse through the book, never knowing what may show up on the next page, just as some personal art collections in small museums or galleries might be like. Just as an example, at location 3473, there is a bronze cat head... quite charming and enigmatic. Unfortunately, there is no information on it other than it's size [5"] and that it's "late period". ???

The book was free... I can't complain about wasting money.
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Gorgeous photos in a well-curated selection of images. Lovely to flip through but also an excellent teaching guide for comparative or survey art history and art appreciation courses. May also be helpful to use for segments in history or literature courses to easily illuminate studied texts with visuals. So much easier than struggling to compile relevant images through ArtStor, for example.
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This book has very good photos of the objects. The groups of objects don't seem to bear a relationship to each other. I'd like to know the answers to the questions. There is no forward, afterward, or any information other than size, medium, place made, date and artist, if known.
The table of contents lists only chapters without titles or descriptions. Are there more volumes in the works? Let's hope they are more informational.
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This contains nothing other than the image and then a brief description for each. An auction catalog provides more information and analysis. In addition, vast kinds of art are not even mentioned. If it's free take a look. Otherwise, save your money. The art, of course, is fine.
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