The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art

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Baker & Taylor
Surveys prehistoric art throughout the world, including body art, art on rocks and walls, and objects; changes in scholarship; and what the art can reveal about early sexual, social, economic, and religious life

Book News
The latest in the Cambridge series on the history of art, highly illustrated, about half in color. Surveys the prehistoric art found throughout the world, and describes the scholarship on it from the earliest drawings by explorers and surveyors in the 1600s to the conflicting current theories and approaches. Also considers what the art can tell us about the sexual, humorous, social, economic, and religious qualities of our ancestors. Covers body art, art on rocks and walls, and objects, but not architecture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Cambridge Univ Pr
Beautifully illustrated in color with many rare and unique photographs, prints, and drawings, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art presents the first balanced and truly worldwide survey of prehistoric art. The book also offers the first detailed account of how the world of scholarship became aware of the existence of prehistoric art, reproducing the very earliest drawings by explorers and surveyors from the 1600s onward to create a unique pictorial as well as discursive resource. With this powerful combination of illustration and analysis, Paul Bahn describes what prehistoric art is and the different ways in which it can shed light on the lives and preoccupations of our ancestors: sexual, humorous, social, economic, and religious. The result is a fascinating exploration: a book that Desmond Morris describes as "a model of scientific restraint and objectivity....this is ultimately an art book, and as such it is endlessly provocative and engaging." Paul Bahn is an archaeologist and the author of more than 400 publications. He has authored or coauthored eight books, including The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology. Dr. Bahn is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art - a truly accessible, worldwide survey of the subject.

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. : New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780521454735
0521454735
Branch Call Number: 709.01 Ba
Characteristics: xxxii, 302 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm

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