Mirror of the World: A New History of Art
‘The first book you should read if you want to know anything about the subject’ Daily Telegraph
Here is the richest story of art ever told. Both a perfect introduction to wider art history and a glimpse inside the artistic mind, Julian Bell’s groundbreaking narrative will become a touchstone for a new generation of readers.
Charts the whole history of art from the earliest carved stone to the latest media
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 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 insiders knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell draws these diverse strands into a beautifully written, lucid and compelling account.
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