- ISBN 9780500287545
- 25.80 x 18.80 cm
- 372 Illustrations, 267 in colour
- First published 2010
‘A wonderful guide … full of grace and energy’ – Art & Auction
'Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art. … Bell draws fascinating parallels between artistic developments in Western and non-Western art … will appeal to anyone — from the generalist to the scholar' – Publishers Weekly
'For understanding the story so far, and being entertained in the process, Bell has no match'– Blueprint
'… would work equally well as an overview for an intelligent reader, a textbook for a critically-minded class, or a bedside companion' – The Art Newspaper
'… thought-proving and cogent, and free of academic jargon'– The Times
'I found it highly readable and engaging and feel that it would be a refreshing addition to more sober texts' – Simon Lee, Chief A level examiner for History of Art
The richest story of art ever told … Both a perfect introduction to wider art history and a glimpse inside the artistic mind, this groundbreaking narrative will become a touchstone for a new generation of readers.
• Charts the whole history of art from the earliest carved stone to the latest media
• Takes a truly global picture, connecting different cultures across time and space
• Hundreds of works are discussed and illustrated, showing how art uniquely reflects the world in which it was produced
Julian Bell has excitingly chosen a global perspective, setting up juxtapositions that will challenge and enlighten readers: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings and Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side as extraordinary testaments to our universal creative instinct.
With an insider’s knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell draws these diverse strands into a beautifully written, lucid and compelling account.
Julian Bell has taught art history for many years and is also a practicing painter. He writes widely on art for magazines, including The New York Review of Books.