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A Chronology of Art

A Timeline of Western Culture from Prehistory to the Present

Iain Zaczek

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An entirely fresh perspective on the history of western art that uses timelines to trace cultural development from prehistory to the present


A Chronology of Art brings the developments of the art world into sharp focus by examining the most important works in context with contemporary political, economic, literary, scientific and social events. This novel treatment, structured around a central timeline that becomes more detailed as it nears the present, explains the outside influences on artists at the time of the creation of the works. In this way, the book offers a deeper understanding of the story of art, from the earliest cave paintings to recent mural installations by the enigmatic Banksy. The chronological spreads are interwoven with lively special features, highlighting the social, stylistic and technical developments of each period.

By prioritizing a purely chronological approach and side-stepping the clichés of conventional, academic pigeonholes, this illuminating and lavishly illustrated guide presents an entirely fresh perspective on the story of art.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 25 January 2018

ISBN: 9780500239810

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Ancient & Medieval • 2. Renaissance & Baroque • 3. Rococo & Neoclassicism • 4. Romanticism & Beyond • 5. The Modern Era

About the Author

Iain Zaczek writes widely on art and design. His many books include: The Impressionists; Essential Art Deco; Celtic Art and Design; and The Art of Illuminated Manuscripts. He was also a contributing author to Art: The Definitive Visual Guide.