Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
  • Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)
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Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback) Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback) Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback) Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback) Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)

Creation: A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day (Hardback)

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Spanning the entire known history of human art across the world, Creation is a breathtaking, ambitious illustrated companion - the result of extensive travel and research by art historian and curator John-Paul Stonard - that asks probing questions about why we make art and the evolution of the creative instinct.

A fully illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day, exploring the remarkable endurance of humankind's creative impulse. Some fifty thousand years ago, on an island in modern-day Indonesia, an early human used red ochre pigment to capture the likeness of a native pig on a limestone cave wall.

Around the same time, across the globe in Europe, another human retrieved a lump of charcoal from an old fire and sketched four galloping horses. It was like a light turning on in the human mind. Our instinct to produce images in response to nature allowed the earliest Homo sapiens to understand the world around us, and to thrive.

Now, the art historian John-Paul Stonard has travelled across continents to take us on a panoramic journey through the history of art - from ancient Anatolian standing stones to a Qing Dynasty ink handscroll, from a drawing by a Kiowa artist from the Great Plains to a post-independence Congolese painting.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, Creation is an ambitious, thrilling and landmark work that leads us from Benin to Belgium, China to Constantinople, Mexico to Mesopotamia. Journeying from pre-history to the present day, it explores the remarkable endurance of humankind's creative impulse, and asks how - and why - we create.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408879689
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 1558 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm


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A worthy and richly illustrated successor to Ernst Gombrich's fabled The Story of Art * Sunday Times, Best Art Books 2021 *
Stonard traverses the sweep of human history, moving between cultures and hemispheres ... His book consists of myriad flashes of brilliance and inventiveness ... In sheer scope and ambition, Creation finds a precedent in Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art (1950) ... Stonard both emulates and expands upon Gombrich's masterly and ubiquitous account. But he also offers something distinct, substituting the grand narrative with a pluralistic, incidental and shifting approach. It leads into the near present in the style of a prolonged ellipsis - a promise of "more to come" -- James Cahill * Literary Review *
If The Story of Art were written today, it would look very much like Creation ... This bountifully illustrated book is a history of connections ... [Stonard has a] lucid, thoughtful style ... He manages to show both how the great names of Western art and their peers elsewhere in the world were driven by the same forces, but above all that making art is "part of what it means to be human" -- Michael Prodger * Country Life *
Creation has moments of delight and insight * The Critic *

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