The Visual Arts

The Visual Arts : A History

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For a one/two-semester undergraduate Art History survey course.Hailed as the most up-to-date and comprehensive contextual text published in a single volume, this enlightening survey presents art history as an essential part of the development of humankind. Encompassing the arts of Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, it covers painting, mosaic, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture and photography-spanning from the primitive art of hunters some 30,000 years ago to high-tech video art of the 1990s-and comes beautifully and generously illustrated with over 1,370 photographs, architectural plans, and color more

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  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 213.4 x 279.4 x 38.1mm | 2,562.83g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 5th edition
  • 0130957909
  • 9780130957900

Table of contents

Introduction. I. FOUNDATIONS OF ART. 1. Before History. 2. The Early Civilizations. 3. Developments Across the Continents. 4. The Greeks and their Neighbours. 5. Hellenistic and Roman Art. II. ART AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS. 6. Buddhism, Hinduism and Far Eastern Art. 7. Early Christian and Byzantine Art. 8. Early Islamic Art. III. SACRED AND SECULAR ART. 9. Medieval Christendom. 10. The Fifteenth Century in Europe. 11. The Sixteenth Century in Europe. 12. The Americas, Africa and Asia. 13. The Seventeenth Century in Europe. 14. Enlightenment and Liberty. IV. THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD. 15. Romanticism to Realism. 16. Eastern Traditions. 17. Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. 18. Indigenous Arts of Africa, The Americas, Australia and Oceania. V. TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART. 19. Art from 1900 to 1919. 20. Between the Two World Wars. 21. Post-War to Post-Modern. 22. Towards the Third Millennium. Glossary. For Further Reading. Acknowledgements. Index. more

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