It’s simultaneously an art history 101 and a coffee table pleasure that will offer hours of reading or even just hours of enjoying the pretty pictures, the last bit being vital in any really great coffee table book. Art does indeed begin in pre-history and continue up to the present, looking at new media and regional art scenes around the world. Prefaced by an educational overview on composition, color and techniques, the book then highlights all the key phases of worldwide artistic movements, the primary innovators and representatives of those styles, and delves into detailed specifics on distinctive aspects of iconic works of art via zoom-ins on sections of those works with brief text. Despite the inherent dangers in tackling such a massive chunk of cultural history, Art manages to maintain its broad view, while illuminating and offering real insight.
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