Art: The Definitive Visual Guide (DK Definitive Cultural Histories) (Hardcover)

Art: The Definitive Visual Guide (DK Definitive Cultural Histories) By Andrew Graham Dixon, DK, Ross King (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Andrew Graham Dixon, DK, Ross King (Foreword by)
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Discover more than 2,500 of the world’s most influential paintings and sculptures in this beautifully- illustrated guide to the history of art. 

Introducing Art: The Definitive Visual Guide – an invaluable reference book that spans 30,000 years of global art history, from cave paintings to contemporary art, and showcases the works of over 700 artists in striking detail to truly bring the artwork to life. Each artistic movement, from the Italian Renaissance to Impressionism to Graffiti Art, is explained in clear detail with descriptions of their origins and influences, characteristic styles and techniques, and typical subjects.

A visual timeline of key works gives an overview of the scope of each major movement, while graphics, overlays, and detailed close-ups, show readers how to "read" composition and subject matter, and explain the specifics of the techniques and methods the artist used to create their masterpieces.

Explore the pages of this awe-inspiring art history book to discover: 

- Over 2500 of the world’s most influential paintings and sculptures
- Features stunning artwork from more than 700 artists
- ‘Closer Look’ sections offer a detailed analysis of key paintings 

The 6 core chapters are structured chronologically, starting with prehistoric art and ancient civilizations, right the way up until modern-day artwork, so there’s something for everyone to explore, learn and love. From Romanticism in the 19th Century to Realism in the 20th Century, whether it’s Pop Art or Expressionism, Minimalism and so much more – the beautiful full-color illustrations and striking imagery, make this art book the perfect gift for the art and history lover in your life, as well as an ideal coffee table book.

Doubling up as a riveting reference book for anyone with an interest in art history who wants to gain a broader knowledge of the subject, as well as the perfect classroom companion in schools, libraries and more. Created in collaboration with Bridgeman, the biggest art library in the world, Art: The Definitive Visual Guide is a must-have for your bookshelf.

About the Author

Iain Zaczek studied at Oxford University and at the Courtauld Institute in London. A specialist in Celtic and Pre-Raphaelite art, he has authored more than 30 books, including The Art of the Celts: Origins, History, Culture and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan. He is also a contributor to DK’s Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary.Mary Acton is an art critic and art historian who is a lecturer at the University of Oxford. She is also a writer known for her work on Art: The Definitive Visual Guide Borders, Learning to Look at Paintings, and Learning to Look at Modern Art. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781465474759
ISBN-10: 1465474757
Publisher: DK
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 612
Language: English
Series: DK Definitive Cultural Histories