by Elaine Luther
Can I just say that this is the coolest book ever? If you love art history, you will love this book. If you’re interested in art and want to learn more, you will love this book.
One of the genius things about it is that it’s not just western art!
Another genius thing about it is that every piece of art is alone on its white page, to scale. So little things are little, big things are big. You get a sense of scale, which, oddly, is rare in art history books.
And, it’s in chronological order, obviously. It’s so amazing to sit down with this book and experience the development of art, in order, all around the world.
If you took some art history in college, your experience will be richer. But if you didn’t, there is text on each page to help you understand the piece, its importance and its context.
I’ve also been delighted to see all of the metal work included in the book — lots of bronze and steel, of course, but also lots of gold.
I still have thousands of years to go in the book, but I’ve definitely seen enough to give this a strong recommendation.