- Paperback: 996 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 7th Revised edition edition (10 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781856695848
- ISBN-13: 978-1856695848
- ASIN: 1856695840
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 6.2 x 29.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,10,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A World History of Art Paperback – 10 Aug 2009
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About the Author
John Fleming founded and edited with Hugh Honour the Pelican 'Style and Civilization' series. He died on 29 May 2001. Hugh Honour is one of the leading art historians of the 20th century. He is co-author with Nikolaus Pevsner and John Fleming of The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture.
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"A World History of Art" is, primarily, an academic text and is therefore a proverbial doorstop of a book - I would not recommend it as a coffee table adornment, but would strongly encourage students or connoisseurs to consider it as a reference. It is an ideal source of general information for the university or postgraduate student, and would serve as an excellent introduction for anyone seeking to study the history of art.
What it doesn't do is attempt to re-interpret things as seen through an atheist/materialist worldview, (which assumes that any worldview based upon faith is founded in error and assumes that it cannot be a true motivation for the artist does). This is what nearly every other art book does. For example, much of Western art history is linked to Catholic beliefs. Honour and Fleming do not question the truth of Catholic beliefs, as nearly every art book I have come across does, but seeks to explain how, given these beliefs, their art might be as it is. So they explain clearly and accurately what those beliefs are then relate what we see to them. I find their analysis very convincing. They have the same approach to art of non-Christian cultures as well.
The only section that I find weak is that not written by Honour and Fleming, on the art of the 20th century. The writers seem are not able to articulate the worldview behind it in the same clear way.