In this new and valuable history of art, Gina Pischel, a leading Italian art historian, provides a complete and illuminating survey of the arts - painting sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts - from prehistoric times to the present day.
The Golden History of Art fully reveals the astonishing variety, power and beauty of man's achievements as a creator. Here are the paintings and sculptures of the masters, the great temples, cathedrals and monuments of all time, gold silver and jewel work by creftsmen ancient and modern.
Lucid and authoritative text takes the reader through the various manifestations of art, skilfully relating them to the great events of history that have shaped the course of art. Beginning with the prehistoric cave sites of Europe, the author traces the eternal theme of creativity through the early civilizations of the Middle East, greatest among them that of Egypt, up to the classical world of Greece and Rome where the foundations of the modern Western experience were laid. The advent of Christianity brought a powerful new impulse to Western society, which found its expression in the art of the Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe. To this religious impulse the Italian Renaissance added a new humanistic aspect. The book shows how, from the 17th century onward, naturalism became a touchstone of artistic development until, in our own revolutionary century, the tradition is interrupted by the vital and profound perceptions of abstract art and the modern movements.
Pages are in excellent condition, excluding inside covers which have some light yellow spots marking them, otherwise condition is very good.