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Mirror of the World: A New History of
What is art and where did it begin? Why do we make it and why does it change? These are some of the many questions that Julian Bell considers in his highly acclaimed book, now available in paperback. Bell, himself a painter, takes a global perspective and uses a wide range of objects to set up juxtapositions that will challenge and enlighten the reader: dancing bronze figures from southern India, Romanesque sculptures, Baroque ceilings and jewel-like Persian manuscripts are discussed side by side as testaments to mankind's universal creative instinct. Highly original in its ideas yet brilliantly straightforward in its prose, this book will appeal to everyone who wants or needs, for purposes of study, the whole picture of the history of art in one concise and authoritative volume.
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An extraordinary book for any reader. An extraordinary book for any reader. " A wonderful guide. Bell has a passion for art, a good eye, and a writing style full of grace and energy. . . . A great leap beyond the conventional survey. A valuable and entertaining adventure in art history. Bell applies his painter s eye and sensibility to unusual juxtapositions of world cultures." Bell applies his painter's eye and sensibility to unusual juxtapositions of world cultures.