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“Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art . . .
draws fascinating parallels between artistic developments in Western and
non-Western art.”— Publishers Weekly In this beautifully written story of art,
Julian Bell tells a vivid and compelling history of human artistic
achievements, from prehistoric stone carvings to the latest video
installations. Bell, himself a painter, uses a variety of objects to reveal how
art is a product of our shared experience and how, like a mirror, it can
reflect the human condition. With hundreds of illustrations and a uniquely
global perspective, Bell juxtaposes examples that challenge and enlighten the
reader: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures,
Baroque ceilings, and jewel-like Persian manuscripts are discussed side by
side. With an insider’s knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell weaves these
diverse strands into an invaluable introduction to the wider history of world
art. 267 color and 105 black-and-white illustrations