As an art history major, I naturally have several art history textbooks on my shelf from my university days. Why, then was I excited to have the DK book Art: A Visual History on my bookshelf?
This book has a great spot on my bookshelf, because it is so easy to understand and has such great pictures.
The other day, my partner was sharing a few songs with me from the country his family is from. Those songs, he told me, mark a specific period in time—in their lyrics and in the feelings they evoke.
Music is more than just words strung together and art is more just paint splashed on canvas.
Art shows us where we’ve been. Key pieces of art that are representative of the time period are visual cues as to what was happening at the time.
Always wanted to know the difference between Romanticism and Rococo? Art: A Visual History
breaks it down really easily, with lots of pictures, key events, and highlights of well-known artists to put things in perspective.
This book takes you through art from 3,000 BC to this century and serves as a nice overview for anyone interested in art.
Although this book is called Art: A Visual History, it focuses almost entirely on Western Art. One page, close to the back of the book, does feature both an African and Canadian artist, though.
DK’s Art: A Visual History is available from Amazon, Indigo, and other bookstores.
This is just one of the many awesome books in DK’s Gift Boutique.