The Art Book

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Phaidon Press, Apr 17, 1997 - Art - 515 pages
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The Art Bookis the first ever fully-illustrated art dictionary. It presents an abundance of famous, varied and colourful images by 500 of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the present day. Arranged in alphabetical order by artist, it is amazingly easy to use. With one full page, representative image per artist and an informative text that discusses the work in detail as well as offering information about its creator, The Art Bookis both educational and fun.

Presenting an entirely fresh way of looking at art, this book is an invaluable resource for reference and inspiration in every home, school, library or studio. Ideal for anyone new to art, it also serves as a visual sourcebook for teachers and designers, and will be a constant source of stimulus and delight for anyone wishing to look at art in a new light.

Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Bookhas been an outstanding success and become a universally acclaimed landmark in the world of art. Now published in over 20 different languages and also in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from countless newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists.

Complemented by The 20th Century Art Bookand The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art to life, in all its magnificent diversity. An A-Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques.

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This is a great introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about art. It presents 1 piece from each of 500 artists with a short paragraph about each. It's not particularly in depth or detailed but ... Read full review


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Simon Schamais University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and the prize-winning author of seventeen books, including The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, the History of Britaintrilogy and The Story of the Jews. He is a contributing editor of the Financial Timesand his award-winning television work as writer and presenter for the BBC includes the fifteen-part A History of Britainand the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art.

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