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.
'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 NewsSee all Product Description
A great book, simply said. Not too wordy, and great artwork to see. Introduce yourself to all kinds of art.Published on March 25 2004 by Adam
The Art Book catalogs, alphabetically, 500 artists spanning from medieval to modern. It also includes helpful glossarys of both techincal terms and artistic movements, as well as a... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by "trailer_princess"
This is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the history of art. Not only intelligently organized (alphabetically), but colorful & detailed. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by felicitaz
This is a great book to increase knowledge about the art hisory and culture in a very quick way...
Some of the universities that me and my mate wanted to study asked for art... Read more
For people who are interested in art, but don't want to get bogged down with a long series of dates and other supplemental materials, this book is the way to go. Read morePublished on July 26 2001 by Jose
I've used this book countless times for research, etc. It's a reference guide to 500 artists, and on one small page gives what is usually their most famous piece (Leonardo da... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by Alejandra Vernon
What some books take volumes to convey, this book often provides in a page long description. Listing the artists alphabetically provides a lovely contrast; seeing two random works... Read morePublished on March 21 2000 by "lovelyrita"