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LibraryThing Review This is an absolutely fascinating (and beautiful!) book. Really – it is public archaeology at its best.
LibraryThing Review A beautifully designed and illustrated, endlessly fascinating tour of human civilization from its beginning to now through artifacts from all over the world. Insightful, completely engaging, and filled with many surprises.
Fascinating read! This is a fascinating lens through which to view the history of the world and the story is well told by the director of the British Museum. Its a great treat for yourself or a friend my copy went into the guest room once I was finished and has already been enjoyed by several visitors.
LibraryThing Review Fantastic resource for anyone who loves history, culture and/or museums. Even though the title reads *A* history, it could’ve been called *The* history, given the sheer breadth of the themes and
LibraryThing Review Wow, this book took awhile for me to get through. So much interesting information that I had to read only a few sections per sitting if I had any hope of retaining what I read. I found the objects to
LibraryThing Review This is a book about common humanity. Each object is accompanied by a commentary, all of around equal length, that places the object in context, describes its features and explains what it reveals
LibraryThing Review This is a nice big thick book with lots of juicy wonderful pictures. THe author, a curator of the British museum, has the airs of a fascinating and scholarly tour guide, and shows pieces diverse
LibraryThing Review I so like this book! Not only does one travel in time, one also travels around the entire world, and learns so much. (if one only could remember as well!!!) Well written, accessible and clever at the
LibraryThing Review The genesis of this book sprung from a radio program on the BBC in which the British Museum attempted to tell the history of the world in 100 objects. The book is the fruition of the radio program. I
Brian O’Driscoll: The Biography
Dublin boy Brian O Driscoll is an internationally admired rugby player and an Irish hero Educated at Blackrock College the alma mater of many Irish greats his ambition was always to represent his country Capped three times for Ireland Schools in 1996 Brian soon represented Ireland at under 19 level helping win the IRB World Championship He then went onto play for the under 21 side before realising his dream to represent Ireland at senior level Brian made his debut against Australia at just 20 before he d even made his senior club debut for Lenister Made captain of Ireland in 2003 O Driscoll s phenomenal record includes consecutive triple crowns in 2006 and 2007 as well as one in his first year as skipper and the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament in 2006 and 2007 plus the Grand Slam in the 2009 Six Nations In January 2010 O Driscoll was voted World Rugby player of the decade 2000 2009 by the influential magazine Rugby World
The History of American Art Education: Learning about Art in American Schools
The ideas people and events that developed art education are described and analyzed so that art educators and educators in general will have a better understanding of what has happened and is happening to visual art in the schools Peter Smith raises the issue of art education s inordinate emphasis on Eurocentric art He challenges the often expressed notion that the field of education is the cause of art education s problems and proposes that confused conceptions within the art world are just as much a root of the difficulty No other book in art education history gives such close and analytical attention to the careers of women in the field The materials on Germanic cultural and historical influences are unequaled as is the scholarly treatment of Viktor Lowenfeld probably the most influential single figure in 20th century American art education
Principles of Art History
What are the fundamental differences between classic and baroque art Is there a pattern underlying the seemingly helter skelter development of art in different cultures and at different times What causes our entirely different reactions to precisely the same painting or to the same painter In this now classic treatise published originally in Germany in the early 1920s Professor Wölfflin provides an objective set of criteria to answer these and related questions Examining such factors as style quality and mode of representation in terms of five opposed dynamisms the linear vs painterly plane vs recession closed vs open form multiplicity vs unity and clearness vs unclearness the author analyzes the work of 64 major artists delving even into sculpture and architecture 150 illustrations of the work of Botticelli van Cleve Durer Holbein Brueghel Bouts Hals Rembrandt Velasquez Titian Vermeer and other major figures accompany Professor Wölfflin s brilliant contributions to the methodology of art criticism Whether you teach art study it or want to understand it purely for your own enjoyment this epoch making study will certainly increase your comprehension of and pleasure in the world s art heritage
Drawing Boundaries: Architectural Images in Qing China
Qing China 1644 1912 witnessed a resurgence in architectural painting a traditional subject category known as jiehua or boundary painting Drawing Boundaries concerns itself with the symbolic implications of this impressive and little studied reflorescence Beginning with a concise and well illustrated history of the evolution of the tradition this exciting new study reveals how these images were deployed in the Manchu Qing imperial court to define political social or cultural boundaries Characterized by grand conception and regal splendor the paintings served to enhance the imperial authority of rulers and to a segment of the elite to advertise social status Drawing Boundaries thus speaks to both issues of painting and architectural style and the discourse of powerful cultural forms In addition to the analysis of how the style of image construction suggests these political and social motivations the book identifies another aspect of traditional architectural representation unique to the Qing the use of architectural representation to render form and space Anita Chung makes the fascinating observation that these renderings create an overwhelming sense of being th