The Art Book

Author(s): Phaidon Press

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The Art Book is the first fully illustrated art dictionary. It presents a feast of famous, varied and colourful images by 500 of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the present day. Arranged in alphabetical order by artist, it is easy to use. With one large, quintessential image per artist, and an informative text that discusses the work in detail as well as offering information about its creator, The Art Book is both educational and fun. With the turn of every page The Art Book reveals the works that make up the rich heritage of Western Art, including altarpieces, installations, books of hours, oil paintings, frescos, sculptures, watercolours, prints, ready-mades, collages and many more.

Aimed at teenagers and adults alike The Art Book is for all those who wish to learn about art without being overwhelmed by complicated theories and art historical developments. Easy to use cross references take you on a journey through the book, to other artists who worked in the same style and other ways the same subject has been treated across the centuries. Glossaries of movements and technical terms explain the sometimes confusing jargon of art historians in simple terms; and an international directory of galleries and museums list the works that are on view to the public. Presenting a fresh way of looking at art, this book is an invaluable resource for reference and inspiration in every home, school, library or studio. Ideal for those coming to art for the first time, it also serves as a visual sourcebook for teachers and designers, and will be a constant source of stimulus and delight for anyone wishing to look at art with a fresh eye.


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The A-Z format, featuring a single page for each artist, was simple and compelling. It threw such opposites as Rodchenko and Rodin, Michelangelo and Millais together, so that all conventional art history classifications were discarded. Each artist still has one page, with a single piece of work illustrated beside information about the artist and the featured work.”

– The Independent   (JC BookGrocer)

Introduction * Artists listed in alphabetical order * Glossary of Movements * Glossary of Technical Terms * Directory of Public Galleries and Museums

General Fields

  • : 9780714844879
  • : Phaidon Press Limited
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : November 2004
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Phaidon Press
  • : Paperback
  • : 512