A World History of Art

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Laurence King Publishing, 2005 - 936 pages
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Over two decades this art historical tour de force has consistently proved the classic introduction to humanity's artistic heritage. From our paleolithic past to our digitised present, every continent and culture is covered in an articulate and well-balanced discussion. In this Seventh Edition, the text has been revised to embrace developments in archaeology and art historical research, while the renowned contemporary art historian Michael Archer has greatly expanded the discussion of the past twenty years, providing a new perspective on the latest developments. The insight, elegance and fluency that the authors bring to their text are complemented by 1458 superb illustrations, half of which are now in colour. These images, together with the numerous maps and architectural plans, have been chosen to represent the most significant chronological, regional and individual styles of artistic expression.

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The Late Classical Period 146
Hallstatt and La Tène 154
Allegory 173
The Easel Painting in Italy 578
Poussin and Claude 585
Dutch Painting 591
Still Life and Genre 600
Romantic Landscape Painting 653
Polynesia 736

Roman Architecture 185
The Colosseum and the Invention
Late Antique Art 207
Abbasid Art and Architecture 342
Samanid and Seljuk Architecture 348
Romanesque Architecture in Italy 362
Innovations in Romanesque Architecture
High Gothic 380
Economics and Theology 387
Italian Gothic 393
Secular and International Gothic 408
The Sixteenth Century
Melanesia and Micronesia 742
The Plains and the Arid Lands of North
Into the Third Millennium 870 For Further Reading
Questioning Modernism 872 Picture Credits
Art as Identity 883
PostModern Multiculturalism 888
Video and the PostMedium
Abjection 904
Art after PostModernism 914
Globalization Sensation

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Patrick Hugh Honour was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom on September 26, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in 18th-century English literature from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. In the mid-1950's, he started writing and editing with John Fleming. For Penguin Books, they edited the series Style and Civilization. They also edited two more series for Penguin: Architect and Society and Art in Context. Together they wrote The Visual Arts: A History, The Penguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts, and The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture with Nikolaus Pevsner. Honour wrote several books on his own including Horace Walpole, Chinoiserie: A Vision of Cathay, The Companion Guide to Venice, Romanticism, The Image of the Black in Western Art: From the American Revolution to World War I, and The Venetian Hours of Henry James, Whistler, and Sargent. Honour organized the traveling exhibition The European Vision of America for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. As a companion to the exhibition, he wrote The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. He died on May 19, 2016 at the 88.

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