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The Story of Art
by Ernst Hans Gombrich

One of the most famous art books published, this is an overview which covers the entire subject from early cave paintings to modern experimental art. Revamped in this 16th edition, it has more illustrations, color and improved text and coverage... read more...




Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
by Leonard Shlain

A California surgeon explores the striking parallels in the evolution of Western art and science in this enlightening exploration of where ideas come from and how they enter the consciousness of a culture. A fascinating and provocative discussion ... read more




The Science of Painting

One appreciation of art is enhanced by knowing about the aesthetic choices the artist made in composition and execution of a painting. It is also enhanced by knowing how the artist's selection and use of materials - and their interplay with light - affects what we see in the painting. Based on courses at Cornell and Arizona, the treatment requires no prior knowledge of physics or chemistry ...read more



Paintings in the Louvre
Five stars by Amazon Readers ... Groundbreaking in its comprehensiveness and reproduction quality. More than 975 European paintings, many of the most important masterpieces from a world famous collection. Loaded with fascinating history and photos. The test is clean and describes most of the paintings. Not a typical coffee table book, you'll actually enjoy reading this great book....learn more.




Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A unique view of the New York Metropolitan Museum's finest subjects. Fell the lure of ancient Egypt, tour the Greek and Roman galleries, visit a wing devoted to Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The 20th century is also well represented by Picasso, Matisse and more. 300 color illustrations... more & to order ...



The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, revised edition

The Metropolitan is a living encyclopedia of world art with collections including art from almost every known culture and almost every known period. While no guidebook can reasonable cover all of the museum's major works, this reference does a fine job of skimming the surface in 470 tightly packed pages. From musical instruments to ancient ruins, each cornerstone is represented in color...read more...


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