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Ambitious, but poor print quality
on 3 March 2016
This book covers a large number of artists - each page is devoted to one artist in chronological order from cave paintings to the 20th Century. A photograph of an example of the artist's work accompanies a short biography of 250 or so words. The text is informative and there's a very short glossary of artistic terms at the back. Most of the examples are of the best known works by the artist in question, although there are a few artists whose most famous works are not depicted (strange in a book claiming to be an Essential history of art). It's an ambitious book, but ultimately too ambitious to deliver anything more than a cursory glance at some artists. I was very disappointed by the quality of the print (I have an old edition, so it may have improved in later print runs).