The richest story of art ever told... Both a perfect introduction to wider art history and a glimpse inside the artistic mind, this groundbreaking art history book will become a touchstone for a new generation of readers.
Charting the whole history of art from the earliest carved stone to the latest media, this art history book takes a truly global picture, connecting different cultures across time and space.
Hundreds of works are discussed and illustrated, showing how art uniquely reflects the world in which it was produced.
Julian Bell has excitingly chosen a global perspective, setting up juxtapositions that will challenge and enlighten readers: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings and Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side as extraordinary testaments to our universal creative instinct.
With an insider's knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell draws these diverse strands into a beautifully written, lucid and compelling account.
This art history book is one of many art books available from the National Gallery, which include art history books, art exhibition catalogues and gift books.