Art: The Definitive Visual Guide

September 15, 2019 - Comment

Discover the history of art movements from classical Greek art to the Italian Renaissance, the pre-raphaelites, and the masters of impressionism with this bestselling DK visual guide. Truly comprehensive in scope, this bestselling book explores masterpieces by more than 700 artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh. An invaluable art lover’s reference book,

Discover the history of art movements from classical Greek art to the Italian Renaissance, the pre-raphaelites, and the masters of impressionism with this bestselling DK visual guide.

Truly comprehensive in scope, this bestselling book explores masterpieces by more than 700 artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh. An invaluable art lover’s reference book, it showcases everything from Italian baroque painting and African Art to contemporary art history.

Each artistic movement is clearly explained, with descriptions of 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.
Bold graphics, overlays, and detailed closeups show you how to “read” composition and subject matter, and explain the techniques and methods the artists used to create their masterpieces.

Created in collaboration with Bridgeman, the largest art library in the world, Art: The Definitive Visual Guide is a must-have for your bookshelf.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Not Definitive Yet While this is an interesting chronological catalogue, it is by no means definitive and lacks diversity. It is decidedly Eurocentric, yet reserves several pages for Asian, Central and South American, and African art across centuries (about 35 pages). I was most disappointed by the cursory attention given to African and African American artists. Notably absent is the presence of African art across centuries, including its profound influence on 20th century Cubism. Further, the volume elides the…

Anonymous says:

A Good Art Guide for Beginners As an artist myself, it’s convenient for me to hold a guide that not only explains the history of artists and the art movements but also explains the basic principles and elements of art in every medium. It really helps me to gain encyclopedic knowledge of visual art and also provides me the context of how and why art is made. However, I do have some grudges against the book: It briefly skims over the artists and their works, which is not a bad thing since the guide contains over almost a…

Anonymous says:

Great Anytime Gift Eye catching brightly colored cover makes book easy to see amid lotsa other books, also brightens up the coffee table. Volume is full of easy to digest/understand facts about all sorts of art from the beginning to present day, this makes it easy to put down/pick back up. Beautiful pictures match with “Oh-Ah-Ha!” facts and stories that make appreciating art work more inspiring. Vendor got the book here much faster than expected even though they shipped from a storm impacted area. Very happy all…

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