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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1 out of 5 stars
By Crocker on 28-01-12

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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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Zenouf the Birdcatcher on 22-09-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Zaubermond on 18-11-12

A whirlwind tour of Western art

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to refresh their previous study of art history, as well as to students who need a concise introduction. Tourists can benefit from the book also: it is a valuable adjunct to European museum visits and city walks. Whitfield takes us on a whirlwind tour of major artistic themes and styles, mostly European, from cave paintings to the edge of postmodernism. Comberti's reading is pleasant and well-paced. The only thing that's missing: the paintings themselves. Having a visual art reference on hand is recommended. I'm an artist, so the subject fascinates me. But I believe anyone can benefit from reading this accessible guide, free from pretentious "art speak."

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By CHET YARBROUGH on 07-09-14

ART

Peter Whitfield offers a whirlwind tour of “The History of Western Art”. He begins with cave paintings and ends with performance art by an “artist” locked in a library with a wild animal. The distressing thought is that “art is anything you can get away with.”

In slightly more than five hours of narration, a listener traverses 30,000 years (some say 40,000 years) of art history. Whitfield is a poet and critic. “The History of Art” is an intelligent introduction to a mystifying, fascinating, and intimidating subject.

At the end, one wonders whether art is entering a new dark age where the value of art is degraded by technology that makes too much of medium as message. Art needs to be more than a transaction between willing seller and buyer.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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