The Art Book (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/4/17
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The Art Book is the first ever fully-illustrated art dictionary. It presents an abundance 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 amazingly easy to use. With one full page, representative 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. Presenting an entirely 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 anyone new to art, 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 in a new light. Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Book has been an outstanding success and become a universally acclaimed landmark in the world of art. Now published in over 20 different languages and also in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from countless newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists. Complemented by The 20th Century Art Book and The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art to life, in all its magnificent diversity. An A-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.
'An anthology crackling with visual energy' The Times '..as close to perfection as you'll get.' The Bookseller 'Beautifully designed...revolutionary...a perfect present' Good Book Guide 'Big, fun, well designed' Wall Street Journal 'A great resource' The Washingtonian 'Innovative' Chicago Sun Times 'As a visual source book, its first class and gives you a quick tour of art history without necessarily leaving your chair. If art is a new interest, it's a great place to start but it will also be welcomed by regular gallery goers and students of art history.' Brisbane News商品の説明をすべて表示する
現在評価の高いCarlo CrivelliやAlexander Cabanelなどが掲載されていないのですが、紙面の都合上止むを得ないのでしょう。
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The text for each artist is one long paragraph focusing on the artwork featured and connected to their style or referencing other work by that artist. Its focus is not biographical.
I purchased the very small sized paperback. Which is easy to carry around, but the print is hard to read.
Great starter book with a wonderful variety of classic and questionable works.
Presented alphabetically rather than chronologically, this dynamic little tome makes great browsing, and helps you to look at art in a way we don't usually -- outside of its historical context. The color plates and paper are of the first quality, and the text is delightful -- as if you had a very smart and articulate mentor who could describe an artist or a movement in a way that actually makes sense. I've read several books on artistic aesthetics, hoping to find a better appreciation for the art that I mainly enjoy viscerally and IMHO, these pithy remarks do as well or better than those whole books.
It's fun to see which work was chosen as typical of your favorite artists, and it's fun to try and guess the period in which an artist worked before you read the information. Just the kind of book to leave out when guests are over, and the price is so reasonable and the size so manageable that this is an art book I can leave out for kids to enjoy too.
Because so much is fit into such a small volume, some readers may be frustrated at the small print, though the font is quite clean. The book closes with glossaries of technical terms and artistic movements, and a directory of museums and galleries, organized by country, that includes address, phone number and a list of the book's works that they own. I hope the next edition will also include web sites.
In this fast, fast, faster world, it might be good to take a few minutes and look at some pictures, eh? Phaidon Press has done us a service by publishing this little treasure. They have worked a little miracle to do so at such a great price. Buy this book!
It is small, but thick, and easy to have by the bedside to see all the excellent art of the world. I have taken it
on vacations to get my daily "art fix" and see the art in a fresh way each time I leaf through it. Excellent to have around!