The V&A Book of Western Ornament

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Harry N. Abrams, May 1, 2006 - Design - 96 pages
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Ornament surrounds us: on buildings, clothes and accessories, cars, and even computers. This easy-to-use reference, complete with rich illustrations, tells the story of European ornament from 1450 to the present; from the Renaissance to the consumer culture of today; from gargoyles to cell phones. Highly accessible, the book offers basic definitions and examples that contribute to a clearer understanding of this ever-popular subject.

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User Review  - juglicerr - LibraryThing

This is a basic book on decoration in western Europe and North America. It concerns itself chiefly with commercial or professional ornamentation, excluding folk arts. This leads to some slightly odd ... Read full review


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Michael Snodin is the author of numerous books & the Head of the Designs Section in the Department of Prints, Drawings, & Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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