|Title: Art: The Definitive Visual Guide |
|Author: by Andrew Graham-Dixon (Author, Editor) (Dorling Kindersley 1 October 2008)|
|Technical data: Hardback, 252 x 301mm, 62 pages ) ISBN-10: 1405322438 ISBN-13: 978-1405322430|
Robust production values indicate this is a book which is not about to fall apart - which is very reassuring given the number of pages!
|Synopsis: Covers 700 artists in a 540 page chronological overview of the history of art relating to different cultures and the main periods of art history from prehistory to the present day. |
According to the author/editor, the purpose of this book is as straightforward as its "does-what-it-says-on-the-tin" title. Its aim is to open, to the general reader, a thousand doors into a thousand different experiences of art - and by doing so, to make the wold of the museum and art gallery, church and cloister, temple and mosque, both more enjoyable and more accessible.
|Who should buy this?: People who want to know more about the history and development of art |
|Who should not buy this? Those bored by art history or any art from unfamiliar lands and cultures |
|Think Again? |
|Summary: This is essentially a visual guide. The text is informative and succinct but does not provide an in-depth discussion of art in different periods. |
In 600+ pages, this book succeeds in giving a very good flavour of each art movement, art period, art culture and an awful lot of artists.
It's a very good book for introducing people to art across the ages and different cultures. A primer for those wanting to learn more about the history of art and suitable for all students - young and old.
Andrew Graham Dixon suggests it can be used as a work of reference, a bluffer's crib or a guide and companion on a path to exploring art.
You can read my detailed review Book Review: Art - the definitive visual guide which was first published on Making A Mark