Civilisation

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Hodder & Stoughton, Apr 16, 2015 - Art - 272 pages
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Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation.

The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these historical backgrounds he sketches an extraordinary cast of characters -- the men and women who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and of ourselves. He also highlights the works of genius they produced -- in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, and in science and engineering, from Raphael's School of Athens to the bridges of Brunel.

 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The Art history is conveniently arranged, and the illustrations are tasteful. He's not casting his definition of "Civilization" widely enough to suit me. I much prefer the twelve volume effort by Will ... Read full review

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This is a dreadful book from an excellent TV series. If one is producing an art book, one would be disappointed that the illustrations were all going to be black and white. When this was compounded by ... Read full review

Contents

PRAISE FOR CIVILISATION
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OTHER BOOKS BY KENNETH CLARK INCLUDE TITLE PAGE COPYRIGHT INTRODUCTION BY ALASTAIR SOOK...
THE GREAT THAW
ROMANCE AND REALITY
MAN THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS
THE HERO AS ARTIST
PROTEST AND COMMUNICATION
GRANDEUR AND OBEDIENCE
THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
THE SMILE OF REASON
THE WORSHIP OF NATURE
THE FALLACIES OF HOPE
HEROIC MATERIALISM
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Kenneth Clark was born in 1903 and was educated at the University of Oxford. Aged 30, he was appointed Director of the National Gallery - he remained there until 1945. He has been Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, Chairman of the Arts Council and Chairman of the Independent Television Authority. He was knighted in 1938 and made a Life Peer in 1969. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is widely known for his television programmes on art, as well as for his writing.

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