From early cave paintings to new media, the works that have defined eras and shaped cultures are examined in over 800 colorful images with detailed explanations. By dividing the history of art into easy to manage chapters and subdivisions based on countries and movements, readers get a concise, yet thorough picture of the paintings, sculptures and installations that have rocked the art world. From Leonardo da Vinci to Francis Bacon, the technical aspects of art-making and the interpretations and readings of the major works are explained in detail. Insightful introductions, timelines, biographical information on the greatest artists of all time, close-up details and spotlights on masterpieces illustrate the main developments in the art-world in a clear, chronological manner.
Essential Art is a portable museum bursting with knowledge.
 

160 x 120 mm / 6.3 x 4.7 inch, 512 pp,
800 illustrations, published 2007
rights sold: USA, Canada, UK, France,
Italy, Romania, Spain, Korea