Art - The Whole Story

Art: The Whole Story

  1. Edited by Stephen Farthing
  2. Foreword by Richard Cork
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  • ISBN 9780500288955
  • 24.50 x 17.20 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (with jacket)
  • 576pp
  • With over 1100 colour illustrations
  • First published 2010
‘… perfectly designed as a one-stop reference guide: one to dip in and out of, rather than read from cover to cover … indispensable’ – Artists & Illustrators
‘Stephen Farthing has done an amazing job of packing a comprehensive, if concise, history of world art into a hefty but manageable tome’ – RA Magazine
'… this would make the perfect present for someone preparing for an art-history course at university. It’s a bargain, too– Sunday Times

This comprehensive, vibrant book leads you through the world’s iconic images – those that we encounter every time we open a newspaper, visit a gallery, or look at the front cover of a novel.

Art: The Whole Story traces the development of art period by period, with the illustrated text covering every genre, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance art. Cultural timelines are there too, to help to the reader with historical context.

• The most accessible history of world art ever assembled
• More than 1,100 colour illustrations of iconic pieces
• Covers every genre of art, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art
• Designed in an easily navigable and user-friendly fashion

Art - The Whole Story

Written by an international team of artists, art historians and curators, this absorbing and beautiful book will give you insight into the world’s most iconic images.

Masterpieces that epitomize each period or movement are highlighted and analysed in detail. Everything from use of colour and visual metaphors to technical innovations is explained, enabling you to interpret the meanings of world-famous masterpieces – Mughal miniatures; Japanese prints in the nineteenth century; the colour theories behind Seurat’s remarkable La Grande Jatte; and why Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’Avignon was so shocking in its day.