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The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia
Open your eyes to the wonderful world of art inside this beautiful book.
The entire history of the greatest works in painting, sculpture, and photography are included on this comprehensive and colourful tour through time.
From the first strokes of paint on prehistoric caves to contemporary street art in the 21st century, every artistic style and movement is explored and explained in stunning detail. Special features celebrate the lives of groundbreaking painters, sculptors, and photographers, from Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to photography pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron. Many best-loved pieces of art are showcased in iconic images. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa, the most famous painted lady. March alongside China’s statues of the Terracotta Army, and gaze in awe at Barbara Hepworth’s stunning Pelagos sculpture.
Packed with pictures and full of facts, Art A Visual Encyclopedia is guaranteed to become a family favourite, encouraging a love of art through the generations.
Series Overview: DK’s Visual Encyclopedias are the first substantial series of encyclopedias aimed at young children, designed to excite and entertain, while offering a comprehensive overview of core subjects. From science and the human body to animals, the ocean, space, and more, each book combines fun facts, amazing pictures, and crystal-clear explanations to take kids into the wonders of our world.
From the Publisher
Pop and Op Art
Pop artists used fun imagery from pop culture. Their work was not intended to convey the artist’s feelings.
Greek Painting and Mosaics
Like the Minoans, the ancient Greeks highly valued painting. Early Greek art was flat-looking, mainly featuring symbols and patterns. Later, artists sought to create art that was more lifelike and in beautifully balanced proportions.
Ancient Asian Art
Across the vast continent of Asia, art was influenced by a wide range of religious beliefs and mythical traditions. These ideas were expressed by local artists in various styles, depicting their stories and myths.
Icons of the Church
Icons were made mainly in Christian areas, including Rome, Greece, Turkey, Sicily, and Russia. The names of the artists who created them are usually unknown.
Rock and Roll
The Beatles’ first appearance on US television in 1964 drew an audience of 73 million people, a record for the time.
Scenes of Everyday Life
Dutch Golden Age artists used many of the same techniques as Baroque artists to create dramatic effects. However, while Baroque paintings were dramatic and grand, Dutch painters chose to portray scenes of everyday life, known as genre painting.
Expressionism is an artistic style that started in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. This movement included artists who showed strong emotions in their paintings, often using distorted shapes.
Musicologists (people who study music) classify instruments by how they are played, rather than what they are made of. If the sound is made by the player vibrating, or buzzing, their lips against the mouthpiece, then it is a brass instrument.
After a long period in which ballerinas had been the stars, Nureyev re-established the importance of the male dancer. His acrobatic dancing made ballet popular with a mass audience, both live and on television.
Publisher:DK Children; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2017)
Reading age:8 – 12 years
Grade level:3 – 7
Item Weight:2.65 pounds
Dimensions:8.63 x 0.85 x 10.88 inches
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