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Mirror of the world : a new history of art

Author: Julian Bell
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
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"From humans' first impulses to create form out of raw materials to the most modern of gallery installations, people around the world have always been drawn to image-making. Styles and periods have come and gone, and yet intriguing links between seemingly unconnected traditions remain to be discovered. The author uses a wide range of objects - both familiar and less well known - to reveal how part is a product of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Bell
ISBN: 9780500238370 0500238375
OCLC Number: 154707160
Description: 496 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Horizon : Animal and human: before 31,000 BCE ; Torchlight: Western Europe, 31,000-10,000 BCE ; Imprecise feelings: America, Australia, Africa, South-west Asia, from 10,000 CBE ; Multiple choices: Central Africa, Melanesia, Japan, Europe, from 5000 BCE ; Lost for word: Polynesia, Scotland, from 4000 BCE --
2. Shaping civilization : Stones seen through fog: Mexico, Peru, China, India, from 3000 BCE ; Ground lines: Iraq, Egypt, 3100-2200 BCE ; Metal, merchants, maat: Central Asia, China, Greece, Egypt, 2000-1350 BCE ; Full circle: Mexico, 1200-800 BCE --
3. Classical norms : Suggestions and declarations: Northern Asia, Syria, Iraq, 800-600 BCE ; 'Man' and 'art': Greece, Iran, 650-330 BCE ; Winds and mountains: Greece, India, Central Asia, China, 320 BCE-100 CE ; Quotation marks: Italy, 50 BCE-150 CE --
4. Medieval worlds : Unrelated images: Nigeria, Peru, Europe, 500 BCE-500 CE ; Work and pray: North Africa, India, Italy, Syria, the British Isles, 1-750 CE ; Jungles and caves: Central America, Indonesia, India, China, 300-900 ; Word, flesh, light: Islam, Christendom, India, 950-1250 ; Early modern, late ancient: China, Japan, Cambodia, Nigeria, 1000-1250 --
5. Doorways and windows : Banquets and bare trees: China, 970s-1370s ; Earth colours: Germany, Italy, 1240-1350 ; Texts and textures: Iran, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, 1330-1420 ; Opening windows: Northern Europe, Italy, 1390-1460 ; Private passions: Flanders, Italy, France, Iran, Indonesia, 1440-1520 --
6. Re-creating the world : Birth pangs: Mexico, Northern Europe, 1490-1520s ; A thing of the mind: Italy, 1480-1520 ; Difficulties: Western Europe, Africa, 1520s-1550s ; Philosophic heights: the Netherlands, India, Italy, Spain, 1540s-1600 --
7. Theatrical realities : Other times: China, Southern India, the Americas, Italy, 1530-1630 --
Crescendos : Rome, Northern Europe, India, Iran, 1600-1650s --
Marketplaces and marks: Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, 1600-1660s ; Richer and clearer: the Netherlands, Italy, 1620-1670 --
8. Settlement, enlightenment : The effects of peace: France, Italy, 1660s-1700s ; Separate dreams: Mali, Japan, China, Korea, 1650-1750 ; Grand fabrics: France, Italy, Germany, 1710s-1750s ; The public: Japan, Britain ; Reining back: India, France, Russia, 1750s-1780s --
9 A changed truth : Modernities: France, Brazil, Japan, 1780-1805 ; Ideals and bodies: Italy, Spain, France, 1780s-1820s ; Vision and landscape: Britain, Germany, 1790-1840s ; The new regimes: Iran, France, Denmark, 1800s-1850s ; Towards the suburbs: France, Japan, 1810s-1850s --
10. Industry's momentum : Matter and fact: France, Germany, Britain, 1840-1860 ; Spectators: USA, India, New Zealand, West Africa, China, 1840s-1860s ; Freedoms and duties: France, Russia, Britain, 1860s-1880s ; Acceleration: USA, France, 1880s-1900 ; Wilfulness: Denmark, Norway, France, Mexico, 1890s-1900 --
11. Breakthrough / breakdown : Vitalities: Africa and Europe, 1900-1910s ; Questions, junctions: Europe, 1909-1914 ; Machines: USA, Germany, Russia, Japan, 1915-1925 ; Behind vision, beyond vision: Europe, USA, 1920s-1930s ; Close ranks: Mexico, USA, Europe, Cuba, 1920-1945 --
12. Foreground : Bombardments and ruins: USA, Britain, France, 1945-1955 ; Clean cut salesman: USA, Argentina, Italy, Tanzania, 1955-1964 ; The cool war: China, Germany, Britain, USA, 1965-1973 ; Plural / postmodern: USA, Germany, Canada, India, Australia, 1969-1989 ; World spectacle: from the 1980s ; There and here --
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