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Mirror of the World

A New History of Art

Julian Bell

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'The first book you should read if you want to know anything about the subject' Daily Telegraph


Here is the richest story of art ever told. Both a perfect introduction to wider art history and a glimpse inside the artistic mind, Julian Bell's groundbreaking narrative will become a touchstone for a new generation of readers.

• Charts the whole history of art from the earliest carved stone to the latest media

• Takes a truly global picture, connecting different cultures across time and space

• Hundreds of works are discussed and illustrated, showing how art uniquely reflects the world in which it was produced

Julian Bell has chosen a global perspective, setting up juxtapositions that will challenge and enlighten readers: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings and Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side as extraordinary testaments to our universal creative instinct.

With an insider’s knowledge and an unerring touch, Bell draws these diverse strands into a beautifully written, lucid and compelling account.

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''Thought-proving and cogent, and free of academic jargon'
The Times

'Would work equally well as an overview for an intelligent reader, a textbook for a critically-minded class, or a bedside companion'
The Art Newspaper

'For understanding the story so far, and being entertained in the process, Bell has no match'

'A wonderful guide … full of grace and energy'
Art & Auction

'I found it highly readable and engaging and feel that it would be a refreshing addition to more sober texts'
Simon Lee, Chief A level examiner for History of Art

'Exuberant, astute, and splendidly illustrated history of world art. … Bell draws fascinating parallels between artistic developments in Western and non-Western art … will appeal to anyone — from the generalist to the scholar'
Publishers Weekly

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.8 x 18.8 cm

Extent: 496 pp

Illustrations: 372

Publication date: 15 March 2010

ISBN: 9780500287545

About the Author

Julian Bell is a well-known painter and author. His books include Bonnard and What is Painting?, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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