Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Book has been an outstanding success and has become a well‐known landmark in the art book world. Now published in over 20 different languages and in mini, midi and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from numerous newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists. Complemented by The 20th Century Art Book and The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art alive. An A–Z guide to the greatest painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art‐historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full‐page color plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Book represents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi‐faceted culture.
"Adding over 100 new works to its roster and incorporating newer media like photography, performance art, and video installations, the new Art Book
features the ways in which the art world has been reinvigorated in the last two decades. . . the book is a good start for those searching for the basic building blocks of a modern art eduction." – The Huffington Post
"The Art Book is worth every penny of its hefty price; this 592‐page A‐to‐Z volume is the art history class you wish you had taken: fun, refreshing, a take‐home museum." – Reader’s Digest
"The updated A‐to‐Z guide of artists from medieval to modern times." – InStyle
"Funky, colorful and convenient. . .it’s not hard to see where the newness begins. All in all, 100 new works have been added to the alphabetized survey, making this a truly 21st‐century reference book on art. Christmas stockings will bulge." – Canadian Art
"The new edition of The Art Book is perhaps the most ideal for newcomers to art but will be enjoyable for almost anyone interested in art." – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Art City
"The second edition of this popular, comprehensive reference tome has just enough biographical information on each of its alphabetically featured artists from all eras to quickly elevate a cocktail party conversation – or perhaps inspire a passion." – ForeWord Reviews
"Each new work is a surprise and keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. Tell me, when’s the last time you heard anyone say that about going to an art gallery or opening up an art history text book?" – Blog Critics
"The perennial bestseller is back. This classic art primer is a sure–fire bestseller." – The Bookseller
"Still one of the best books on art, this is a superb gift for art lovers, as well as a useful introduction to those new to the study of art." – The Good Book Guide
"An anthology crackling with visual energy." – The Times
"Big, fun, well designed." – Wall Street Journal
"A great resource." – The Washingtonian
"Innovative." – Chicago Sun Times
"As a visual source book, its first class." – Brisbane News
An introduction to 500 artists from medieval to modern times.
About the Author
This compilation draws together the research and works of a broad selection of curators, critics, artists, and academics.