A History of the Arts: Prehistory to Post-modernism - Dennis J. SporreLondon: Bloomsbury, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Musical scores; Maps; Glossary; 2-column text; Plans;
From the cover: “The story of the arts in western civilisation mirrors the story of our changing perceptions of the world, as each age brings new questions and new curiosities, as well as new understanding. This lively and perceptive guide identifies key issues and influences on the major styles of western art history, and looks at individual artists and their works within each style period. A broad chronological sweep takes the reader from early societies over 50,000 years ago, through the great civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt and the empires of Greece, Rome and Byzantium to the glory of the Middle Ages, the dawning of the golden Renaissance, the opulence of the Baroque age, the rationalism of the Enlightenment, the coming of the industrialised world and the turbulence of the twentieth century.
Each chapter opens with a brief introduction to the historical, religious, political and philosophical background, and then looks in turn at the visual arts, literature, theatre, music, dance, film and architecture. The masterpieces of each age and their creators are brought to life in a vivid account of the changing styles and influences of artistic movements, and close description of works illustrated in the text will help the reader to develop his or her own skills of observation. Concluding sections pick out a particular theme of each period and trace its rich diversity through several art forms.
Over a hundred and fifty colour and three hundred black and white illustrations, together with a useful glossary and suggestions for further reading, make this an invaluable guide to the world of the arts and their history.”