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The Art Book


An A to Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Book presents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi-faceted culture.

Title:The Art Book
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:515 pages
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    The Art Book Reviews

  • Erin
    Jan 26, 2011

    I've always wanted to learn more about art and art history, and this was a good sampling. It takes 500 different artists and shows one work from each of them. It was a nice introduction to artists I h...

  • Kris
    Aug 19, 2010

    Much to my husband's dismay, I took the binding off this book and put each page in a page protector; it now takes up two binders. But now, for $19.95 plus page protectors and binders, I have over 500 ...

  • Maria Panteli
    Apr 11, 2010

    I got this as a gift recently and I must say it's amazing. I am a bit of an art geek and I always have been. I enjoy this book because of the variety of different artists in it; all of which have cont...

  • Michelle
    Jan 12, 2013

    This was really an interesting concept. Hundreds of artists, drawn from many times, movements, places, one page spread per artist--one work, one short explanation, a little attempt to locate the artis...

  • Kristen
    Nov 30, 2012

    Plain and simple: This was the book that made me fall in love with the visual arts. Almost every time I went to the library as a girl, I would borrow this book. I would sit and look at it for hours, n...

  • Diana Habashneh
    Mar 07, 2011

    very simple, a photo of the artist work, brief about the artistit gives you hints, not very helpful but it's a joy to the eye, you can like a painting or a sculpture and go do the research yourself, w...

  • Anton Klink
    Jun 24, 2013

    This book sets out to present one work of art from 500 different artist. This sounds good in theory, but since all the artists and their one work of art are listed alphabetically, the end result is ec...

  • Bob Hartley
    May 28, 2012

    This book is the Linkin Park of the art book world. Granted it doesn't have to be as scrupulous as a doctor giving a prostate exam but it's still quite vague and doesn't give much away. Still useful i...

  • Tidar Rachmadi
    Jan 09, 2011

    I guess, no real artits really read this art book. But, this book is very artsy on the cover and 1000 times more artsy inside. And best of all, it's from Phaidon....

  • Thuraya Batterjee
    Feb 19, 2008

    this book presents a fresh and original approach to art.It is an essential reference to those of us who are always looking for inspiration..And a good visual sourcebook too.....