The Art Book

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Phaidon Press, Apr 17, 1997 - Art - 515 pages
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Presents a whole new way of looking at art. Easy to use, informative and fun, its an A-to-Z guide to the greatest painters, photographers and sculptors from medieval times to the present day. It debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples from all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page illustration of an exemplary work, accompanied by an illuminating text on the piece and its creator. The entries are comprehensively cross-referenced and glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, together with an international directory of galleries and museums to visit. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Book presents a fresh approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi-faceted culture.

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I feel like this is required reading for all Art Studies 101 courses. And if not, it should be. It's not going to teach you everything there is to know about art and artists, but it is an invaluable resource for understanding the difference between Manet and Monet. Read full review


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