The Art Book

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Phaidon Press, Apr 17, 1997 - Art - 515 pages
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The Art Book is 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 Book is 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 Book has 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 Book and 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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Great pictures and introduction to great artists. - Goodreads
Love this as a reference - Goodreads
Big reproductions, beautifully printed, true colors. - Goodreads
I also enjoyed the little gimmick: listing artis - Goodreads
great reference book on visual arts! - Goodreads
Wonderful introduction to art for both young and old. - Goodreads
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just amazing book

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User Review  - T. Elizabeth - Goodreads

Phaidon books are phenomenal, but this is my favorite. This is a book I've read several times. I keep it by my bed. It is organized alphabetically by artists, not by genre or time period, so its very ... Read full review


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This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists and academics.

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