30,000 Years of Art : The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Following on from The Art Book published in 1994, 30,000 Years of Art offers an original and accessible introduction to art for a general readership.

Unlike The Art Book, it organises the work in chronological order (rather than alphabetical), it covers all cultures (not only western) and, as the title suggests, it covers 30,000 years of art (rather than art since the Renaissance).

The book contains over 1000 works of art from all periods and regions in the world and breaks through the usual geographical and cultural boundaries of art history to celebrate the vast range of human artistry across time and space.

Each work is accompanied by key caption information (date, title, place of origin, style or culture, medium, dimensions etc.), and a text that provides more information on the work and its art historical context.

The book presents art in a way very different from other art history compendia, revealing the huge diversity, or in many cases, similarity, of man's artistic achievements through time and around the globe. Ordered chronologically, the resulting timeline of works will lead to compelling browsing: surprising juxtapositions will offer intellectual pleasure and a sense of wonder and discovery.




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This enormous work provides an image and accompanying text information about 1000 of mankinds' greatest or most significant works of art over the past 30,000 years. It's a great way to present the information, although perhaps a little too awkward and heavy to read in bed.

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While the photos are nice and it is interesting to walk through a point in time page by page, country by country; there is next to no named women represented in this book. I anticipate women to be under-represented in a collection of influential art but from 1900 to 1995 (~1,000 pgs) there are exactly 3.

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