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By Julian Bell

“Exuberant, astute, and wonderfully illustrated heritage of global paintings . . . attracts attention-grabbing parallels among inventive advancements in Western and non-Western art.”―Publishers Weekly

during this fantastically written tale of paintings, Julian Bell tells a brilliant and compelling historical past of human inventive achievements, from prehistoric stone carvings to the newest video installations. Bell, himself a painter, makes use of quite a few gadgets to bare how artwork is a manufactured from our shared event and the way, like a reflect, it could possibly replicate the human condition.

With 1000's of illustrations and a uniquely worldwide point of view, Bell juxtaposes examples that problem and enlighten the reader: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings, and jewel-like Persian manuscripts are mentioned facet through part. With an insider’s wisdom and an unerring contact, Bell weaves those assorted strands into a useful advent to the broader historical past of worldwide paintings. 267 colour and one hundred and five black-and-white illustrations

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