Each entry has a brief text on the piece, some history on the artist, and the location of where the artist was born and where they passed if they are not alive, as well as where you can see this piece. Now available for the first time in a highly covetable and portable midi format, this second edition is an updated and substantially expanded version of the hugely successful original book. But if any such book should be part of every home, surely its an art book like this one, where the great Western artists and alas only one of their representative masterpieces is laid before you. No, it's a picture book that gives almost twitter-like info on artists. That was a lot of fun. It would make a great gift or coffee table book too. Ceci n'est pas un pipe for Magritte? My copy is a small version however the photos of the art work are printed clearly and you can see all the textures of the paintings as well.
My copy is a small version however the photos of the art work are printed clearly and you can see all the textures of the paintings as well. That was a lot of fun. The print quality might have been ok 20 years ago my copy is the 1994 large format coffee table version, not the more recent 2005 pocket size edition , but is below average by today's standards. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. Make sure this isn't your only art book in your library, but definately a good place to start when loking for reference, or pictures, or styles, or whatever you are looking for.
I enjoy this book because of the variety of different artists in it; all of which have contributed to my fascination with art in some way. Ceci n'est pas un pipe for Magritte? It won Illustrated Book of the Year and is in the Top Five Popular Art Books on Goodreads. I flagged dozens of pages to research further. I'm not the kind that collects those--in fact I was required to take an art appreciation class in college to graduate--and I loved it! There are a few Japanese and South-American artists here and there, but the overwhelming majority are from mainland Europe and English speaking countries. Why is it more acceptable to me in an ancient Greek statue than in modern art? Art from before the 16th century is a bit too simplistic for my taste and with the rise of photography in the 19th century, painting seems to have lost focus and spiralled into an identity crisis, from which it has yet to recover. I would sit and look at it for hours, never getting bored with it. As it stands though, the paintings there are a few sculptures and installations here and there, but I will mostly refer to just paintings jump all over the place in time and subject.
It was fun flipping through this and getting snippets about various artists and genres. Each artist is represented by a full page illustration of an exemplary work, accompanied by an illuminating text on the piece and its creator. There is only one Asian artist represented, and Latin America is limited to a few Cubans and Mexicans. Although there are a lot of artists there are not many African American Artists. Also lists contact details for major Galleries in the back. The Art Book Mini presents a whole new way of looking at art. The good things about it: the wealth of periods it hits on and the quality of the reproductions, to say nothing of its size I have the pocket size version, in case there are others.
This would have been a much better book, had the same contents been arranged chronologically or at least thematically. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. The good things about it: the wealth of periods it hits on and the quality of the reproductions, to say nothing of its size I have the pocket size version, in case there are others. Ceci n'est pas un pipe for Magritte? Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. It reminds me of a similar encyclopedia of painting I used as a young teen. If however you are interested in only certain time periods or art styles, you'd be better off purchasing a more focused book with better quality prints.
Someone got this for me as a gift, and I got it as a gift for an artist friend who is in a nursing home. The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. An A-Z guide to 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications and pairs brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions, and techniques. The seller was wonderful, honest and had my book shipped to me 4 days before the estimated early date of arrival. I must say, it did help that I was pretty familiar with most of the movements. I know some of the artists pretty well and some are completely new to me, and I love that.
I couldn't stay out of this at work--we kept going back, opening it up, arguing over whether the work chosen was the right one. This is a wonderful little reference book, It has at least one sample each of 500 artists and sculptors throughout history. An A-Z guide to 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications and pairs brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions, and techniques. Much to my husband's dismay, I took the binding off this book and put each page in a page protector; it now takes up two binders. That was a lot of fun.
Hundreds of artists, drawn from many times, movements, places, one page spread per artist--one work, one short explanation, a little attempt to locate the artist in time and movement. Unlike other reviews, I actually liked the alphabetical arrangement of the artists, as it really demonstrated the diversity of the North American and European art tradition. I am a bit of an art geek and I always have been. I should note that, being an a I've always wanted to learn more about art and art history, and this was a good sampling. Unfortunately the paintings are arranged alphabetically by artists, which provides for a very chaotic reading experience. Hundreds of artists, drawn from many times, movements, places, one page spread per artist--one work, one short explanation, a little attempt to locate the artist in time and movement. It might have been tough to follow a narrative if I had had no idea about who was who.