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by Julian Bell

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art download ebook
ISBN:
0500287546
ISBN13:
978-0500287545
Author:
Julian Bell
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson (May 1, 2010)
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496 pages
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1313 kb
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1622 kb
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Rating:
4.7

Mirror of the World book. The pictures are clear and vivid. I refer to this personal art-history by Julian Bell the grand-son of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Wolff's sister.

Mirror of the World book. Also perhaps more importantly the son of art critic Quentin Bell.

Richard Cork enjoys Mirror of the World, an appealing history of art .

Richard Cork enjoys Mirror of the World, an appealing history of art from Julian Bell which connects the past to the future. This ability, to discover connections between even the most far-removed images, runs through Julian Bell's courageous attempt to write a new history of art. The sheer vastness of his complex subject would make most writers shy away from such an undertaking. Bell, however, is undaunted. He admits that "I come to this task having spent most of my working life as a painter". But rather than feeling inadequate compared with heavyweight university professors, Bell justifiably regards his own involvement with art-making as a strength.

With remarkable clarity, Julian Bell tells the story of how art has evolved through the millennia and across the world

With remarkable clarity, Julian Bell tells the story of how art has evolved through the millennia and across the world. He follows the changing trends in the making and significance of art in different cultures, and explains why the art of the day looked and functioned as it did. Key images and objects-some of them familiar works of art; others, less known but equally crucial to the story-act as landmarks on the journey, focal points around which the discussion always centers

Julian Heward Bell (4 February 1908 – 18 July 1937) was an English poet, and the son of Clive and . Quentin Bell's son, Julian's nephew, is also named Julian Bell. He is the author of "Mirror of the World: A New History of Art" (2007).

Julian Heward Bell (4 February 1908 – 18 July 1937) was an English poet, and the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, the elder sister of Virginia Woolf. The writer Quentin Bell was his younger brother; the writer and painter Angelica Garnett is his half-sister. His relationship with his mother is explored in Susan Sellers' novel "Vanessa and Virginia". He was brought up mainly at Charleston, Sussex. Winter Movement (1930) poems We Did Not Fight: 1914-18 Experiences of War Resisters.

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art by Julian Bell (2010-08-18) Paperback – 1763. by. Julian Bell (Author).

With hundreds of illustrations and a uniquely global perspective, Bell juxtaposes examples that challenge and enlighten the reader: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings, and jewel-like Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side

October 6 2007, 1:00am, The Times.

October 6 2007, 1:00am, The Times. IF I WERE ASKED IF someone could write a single, all-encompassing history of art that included all visual traditions from Aztec to Aboriginal, from imperial China to 12th-century Paris, I would have said that it was impossible: that the individual histories were too complex, the literature too vast, for it to be other than crassly superficial

Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art.

Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art.

He is the author of Mirror of the World: A New History of Art and What Is Painting? Representation and Modern Art, among other books.

I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and-of the artistic life, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there’s a chance that our hopes won’t be in vain. His prediction would come true. He is the author of Mirror of the World: A New History of Art and What Is Painting? Representation and Modern Art, among other books.

“Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art . . . draws fascinating parallels between artistic developments in Western and non-Western art.”―Publishers Weekly

In this beautifully written story of art, Julian Bell tells a vivid and compelling history of human artistic achievements, from prehistoric stone carvings to the latest video installations. Bell, himself a painter, uses a variety of objects to reveal how art is a product of our shared experience and how, like a mirror, it can reflect the human condition. With hundreds of illustrations and a uniquely global perspective, Bell juxtaposes examples that challenge and enlighten the reader: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings, and jewel-like Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side. With an insider’s knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell weaves these diverse strands into an invaluable introduction to the wider history of world art. 267 color and 105 black-and-white illustrations
Reviews:
  • ℓo√ﻉ
This book covers its topic from year 1, actually beginning before the advent of humans, through prehistoric art, and then the periods covered by more conventional books up to the near-present.

The book stands out in several ways. It covers major world art, including Western art but also many other world regions. The illustrations are extraordinary, even by art book standards. The crystal-clear pictures of the Chauvet cave drawings early in the book are an early sign of the visual pleasures to come later. The writing, too, is extraordinary. The author, an expert, writes in plain language, adding cultural, historical, and personal perspective without getting sidetracked by esoteric issues.

Such an ambitious undertaking would either have to occupy many volumes or must cover only a small fraction of the work of each era and region. This book opts for the latter. If that doesn't quite do justice to the subject, it's a sensible and rewarding overview that whets the appetite for more.
  • Onnell
Thank you, the reading is often hard to understand though the quality is great. I needed this for my art class and it has been useful to me on every level.
  • Weiehan
It was a very beneficial book for my academic field. The book itself is in great condition and is very useful.
  • skyjettttt
Having done some Theology studies, I find this book - The Biblical World - An Illustrated Atlas, an invaluable adjunct. It has obviously been thoroughly researched, and extremely well written in a most readable and clearly understandable manner. Its value far exceeds the actual cost. In a word, I am greatly impressed and have no hesitation in recommending it to theology students and theology seminaries.
  • Dark_Sun
I ordered this book for a class and thought it wasn't going to make it in time since I wasn't able to get expedited shipping. The book actually came much sooner than I thought; way before my class began! It was in its original wrapping and in perfect condition. No tracking number.
  • FLIDER
Rambling and nonsensical are the key words in describing this art history text, i suppose the author must have thought himself clever with his winding tales of Harley Davidson's motorcycles being compared to an ancient Chinese bronze horse. But in reality, here on earth with art students that need to know what media was used to create a piece of artwork and why this peculiar piece of art work is meaningful in the history of art, said art student is left alone in a vast waste land of anachronism with useless dialog drifting by us like tumble weeds caught in the wind.
I was forced to buy this book by my art history teacher , who in turn was forced to make us buy this book by her department head. I passed my finals by using "Art thought the age 7th ed. which by the way is a nearly 10 year old art history book. I can not fathom why this book was allowed the tile of textbook, it contain more opinion the actual facts and said facts are at best on shaky ground, please please do not waste your money!
  • MEGA FREEDY
Fails as an art history because the colors are untrue, crucial failing alas.
The best art book.