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 authors
Ross King, born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the Canadian author of three books on Italian history and Art: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power and Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, which won the 2001 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction. His study of French Impressionism, The Judgment of Paris, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in Canada. He lives in England, near Oxford.
Other titles by Ross King
The Bookseller of Florence
The Story of Painting
How art was made
Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
Their Lives and Works
Score One for the Dancing Girl, and Other Selections from the Kimun ch'onghwa
A Story Collection from Nineteenth-Century Korea
A Geography of Metaphors
The Vatican: All the Paintings
The Complete Collection of Old Masters, Plus More than 300 Sculptures, Maps, Tapestries, and other Artifacts
Leonardo and the Last Supper
The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven