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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource and introduction
This book looks at a huge assortment of artists in almost every style of art. No preference is given, no comparative analysis between styles or artists. it is a straightforward alphabetical listing of important artists with one representative artwork displayed from each. A very interesting approach. Each piece is accompanied by a brief description of the piece and/or...
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHERE ARE THE WOMEN???
THE Art Book? I don't think so. Only 21 out of 500 of the artists represented here are women. For shame! And there isn't a whole lot from outside of Western Civ., either. Great bathroom reading, though.
Published on Jan. 30 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource and introduction, Oct. 17 2012
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This book looks at a huge assortment of artists in almost every style of art. No preference is given, no comparative analysis between styles or artists. it is a straightforward alphabetical listing of important artists with one representative artwork displayed from each. A very interesting approach. Each piece is accompanied by a brief description of the piece and/or the artist in one paragraph.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WHERE ARE THE WOMEN???, Jan. 30 1999
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THE Art Book? I don't think so. Only 21 out of 500 of the artists represented here are women. For shame! And there isn't a whole lot from outside of Western Civ., either. Great bathroom reading, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, beautiful, March 25 2004
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A great book, simply said. Not too wordy, and great artwork to see. Introduce yourself to all kinds of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of centuries of art, Feb. 11 2004
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David J. Huber "Addicted to books!" (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Art Book (Hardcover)
Arranged alphabetically, which is very helpful. Sadly, it has generally but only one painting or photo for each artist, but then the intent here is to cover as many artists as possible, not to be comprehensive on any one artist, and it's quite heavy as it is already.
The Art Book is an EXCELLENT reference guide. How many times reading the Arts section of a newspaper, or an interview with an artist, etc., does one hear a reference to another artist and one has no idea who that person is? With this book, you can quickly check it out!
I also very much appreciate the cross-linking - since it's alphabetical, and not by style or school of thought, the editors have listed on each artists's page other artists who are similar or somehow related to that one. I have found the cross-referencing to be very helpful many times.
Unless one already has an encyclopedic knowledge of 500 years of art, this is a PERFECT book for one's art library as a reference tool. And it's also a GREAT jumping off point for exploring artists: page through randomly, come across something interesting, then go and look for a book of that artist, or head to the museum "in search of."
I treasure my copy, and would not ever wish to part with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Personal Library, Feb. 4 2004
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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 directory of both domestic and international museums and galleries.
A must for any college bound student or art enthusiast, novice through professional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Visual Treats, Sept. 1 2003
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This is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the history of art. Not only intelligently organized (alphabetically), but colorful & detailed. 500 artists from Agasse to Zurburan, each with one representative work and brief paragraph on art and artist, with the vital statistics as a footnote. Browse it and enjoy the gallery-like quiet of this well-designed book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars diminutive in size but not in value, June 28 2002
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audrey (white mtns) - See all my reviews
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This valuable little book, at approximately 6-1/2 by 5 inches, packs a lot of information and pleasure into a little package. Five hundred artists, from Agasse to Zurbaran, are represented. Each painter or sculptor gets one page that features a full-color print (covering about two-thirds of the page); a paragraph of text that discusses the artist's work in general, the specific work depicted, and cross-references to similar artists; information about the artist and the piece, including the artist's place and year of birth and death, the work's title, date, medium/materials, physical dimensions and current location.
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 paper and color plates are of the first quality and the text is informative. 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.
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. (Maybe the next edition will also include web sites?)
Phaidon Press has done you a service by publishing this pithy treasure. Buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars diminutive in size but not in value, June 28 2002
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audrey (white mtns) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Art Book (Paperback)
This valuable little book, at approximately 6-1/2 by 5 inches, packs a lot of information and pleasure into a little package. Five hundred artists, from Agasse to Zurbaran, are represented. To each painter or sculptor one page is devoted, featuring a full-color print (covering about two-thirds of the page); a paragraph of text that discusses the artist's work in general, the specific work depicted, and cross-references to similar artists; information about the artist and the piece including the artist's place and year of birth and death, the work's title, date, medium/materials, physical dimensions and current location.
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!
Highest recommendation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaches it's aim..., Sept. 30 2001
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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 history and culture. Before the exam we had a quick look to this and both of us passed. So thank you The Art Book...:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Intro to Art, July 27 2001
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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. It provides nearly full page reproductions with some key facts to get you started. Works are sorted alphabetically. As an art student, I can tell you that this is one of the best art books I have purchased. You might also want to check out "The Photo Book", "The 20th Century Art Book" and "The American Art Book", too. They're all great for a quick and painless introduction to various artists. Also, the university's professors use these books quite often to provide with examples. Check 'em out! :-)
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