What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art - Leonardo da Vinci
This exquisitely illustrated book presents the entire span of world art in more than 700 pages and over 1200 superb images, accompanied by explanatory charts and diagrams. It elucidates the development of the arts, from the origins of human artistic endeavours, such as the cave paintings in Lascaux and Altamire, to the Renaissance and the world of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo and on to modern and contemporary art by Sigmar Polke and Damien Hirst.
In addition to the most important artists and works from each epoch and style, techniques, materials and stylistic devices are also given careful consideration. This comprehensive volume gives readers a thorough overview of the art of the advanced civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the developments and masterful achievement of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque periods as well as the rich plurality of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries.
Not only for art enthusiasts but anyone who is curious about humanity's culture achievements, this book offers an extensive introduction, provides detailed knowledge and illuminates complex associations as well as worldwide trends in art.
With over 1,200 reproductions and photographs, timelines, maps and concise text and captions, this volume offers a very accessible and visually exciting introduction to art, from the Venus of Willendorf and the Lascaux cave paintings of prehistory to modern times.