The History of Western Art

  • by Peter Whitfield
  • Narrated by Sebastian Comberti
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is art? Why do we value images of saints, kings, goddesses, battles, landscapes or cities from eras of history utterly remote from ourselves? This history of art shows how painters, sculptors and architects have expressed the belief systems of their age: religious, political and aesthetic.
From the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, to the revolutionary years of the 19th and 20th centuries, the artist has acted as a mirror to the ideals and conflicts of the human mind. He has always started with reality, but has selected and reshaped that reality to create a parallel world; a world of the imagination.
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Not entirely what was expected

Whilst the narrator and the text are of interest, I was under the misguided impression that the downloadable PDF would contain visual examples of the work under discussion and not a chapter index and list of background music .This might well be a case of an illustrated book being be a better option
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- Crocker

Thought Provoking

A splendidly thoughtful exposition on the world of western art. Highly recommended for anyone with a passing interest in Art.
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- Zenouf the Birdcatcher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks