The Art Book

The Art Book

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 120 x 162 x 32mm | 557.92g
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 500 colour and b&w illustrations, glossaries, directory
  • 0714836257
  • 9780714836256
  • 29,202

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'An anthology crackling with visual energy' The Times ' 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 Newsshow more

Review Text

Condensed version of the phenomenally successful visual dictionary of art, beautifully designed, with 500 colour illustrations featuring representative work of 500 major artists. It presents a fresh perspective for those new to the study of art. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Phaidon

This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists and more

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