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The Art Book by Editors of Phaidon Press

The Art Book (1994)

by Editors of Phaidon Press, Claire van Cleave (Contributor), Susan Stirling (Contributor)

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I was required to take an art appreciation class in college to graduate--and I loved it! So getting this book was a natural follow-up. It won Illustrated Book of the Year and is in the Top Five Popular Art Books on Goodreads. As stated in the introduction, this book is "an A to Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times." It's that classic coffee table book--I even recently spotted it on a list for the best of the kind. I'm not the kind that collects those--in fact this is the only book of the kind I own. But if any such book should be part of every home, surely its an art book like this one, where the great Western artists and (alas only) one of their representative masterpieces is laid before you. This is also by far the heaviest book I own--you could do strength training with it--but it's worth its weight. A real keeper. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 15, 2013 |
  mbugler | Mar 6, 2011 |
Interesting and fun, not a must-have by any means. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Sep 16, 2008 |
I only wish the book was bigger! ( )
  Mellens | Jun 4, 2008 |
A fascinating concept; taking just one representative work from the world's major artists and filing them alphabetically. This leads to some interesting juxtapositions in that a renaissance master could be opposite pop art - compare and contrast. A brilliant jumping off point for a wider appreciation of art than you'd get in any book limited by genre. ( )
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Editors of Phaidon Pressprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cleave, Claire vanContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Stirling, SusanContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arp, JeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roozen, PieterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This user-friendly book is an alphabetical reference guide to 500 of the world's greatest painters and sculptors, from antiquity to the present. Measuring roughly 5 by 6-1/2 inches and now in paperback, The Art Book is not only affordable, but also light, compact, and extremely portable, completely reforming the concept of an art reference book. It is perfect for the coffee table or for the backpack or pocketbook as well. Each artist is represented by a full-color plate and by explanatory and illuminating information on both the image and the artist. Cross references are provided to other artists in the book, and glossaries of technical terms and artistic movements are also included, making the book a valuable reference tool in the art library. Presented are some of the most famous artists of all time and their greatest masterworks--never before have they been so accessible as they are in this format.

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The book presents a whole new way of looking at art. It's an A to Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to mdoern 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 typical work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on each image and its creator. The entries are comprehensively cross-referenced and glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, together with an international directory of galleries and museums to visit.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0714836257, 071484487X

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