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VISUAL ARTS: A History Revised 7th Edition


An extraordinary heavyweight, oft-reprinted classic from 1984, we have the 2009 most up-to-date edition which bears a golden sticker saying that it has sold ‘MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES’. Covering painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture and photography, textiles, coins, pottery, enamels, gold and silver, the scope is international, encompassing the arts of Asia, Africa and Oceania as well as Europe and the Americas. Hailed as the most up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art ever published in a single volume, the history of art is presented as an essential development in humankind ranging from a statuette carved in Central Europe some 30,000 years ago to the digital, video and installation art of the new Millennium. The revised 7th edition expands the original coverage by embracing new developments in archaeology and art historical research, in particular contemporary art historian Michael Archer who has greatly expanded the author’s discussion of the art world into the 21st century and developments shaping our cultural history. Mesolithic and cave art, Stonehenge, Ancient Egypt and Babylon, the Ziggurats, Minoan Crete, China, the Hittites, Ancient Mesoamerica, Classical Greece, Iberia and Sardinia, Hellenistic and Roman art, painting and mosaics, the Colosseum and the invention of concrete, Buddhism, Hinduism and the arts of Southeast Asia, Japanese, early Christian and Byzantine, the Italian Renaissance, Africa, Ottoman architecture and the Islamic world, the Japanese Edo, Baroque art, the Enlightenment and Rococo, Romanticism, the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Cubism, through to Pollock and Rothko, conceptual art and photo realism. There are unbelievably detailed plans of the Roman city, the Terracotta life-sized warriors in China, very useful timelines, plans and elevations, glorious photographs, the development of factories and public parks, indigenous art and a long and very useful glossary with line art. A mammoth undertaking, 984 pages, nearly 9″ x 12″ and a super heavyweight reference tome with 1459 illustrations, the most significant chronological, regional and individual styles of artistic expression.

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