Art A Visual History
Penguin Random House

Art A Visual History

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Discover the history of Western art—from prehistory to the 21st century—through profiles of more than 650 artists and their key works.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” —Edgar Degas

Covering every era and over 650 artists, this comprehensive, illustrated guide offers an accessible yet expansive view of art history, featuring everything from iconic works and lesser-known gems to techniques and themes. Offering a comprehensive overview of Western artists, themes, paintings, techniques, and stories, Art: A Visual History is packed full of large, full-color images of iconic works and lesser-known gems. Exploring every era, from 30,000BCE to the present, it includes features on the major schools and movements, as well as close-up critical appraisals of 22 masterpieces—from Botticelli’s Primavera to J. M. W. Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire.

With detailed referencing, crisp reproductions, and a fresh design, this beautiful book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in art history – from first-time gallery-goers to knowledgeable art enthusiasts.

  • Written by Robert Cumming
  • Previously published as Eyewitness Companion Art
  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • 7.94 x 9.44 in (20.2 x 24 cm)
  • Published May 26, 2020