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The Power of Art: A World History in Fifteen Cities (Hardback)
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The Power of Art: A World History in Fifteen Cities (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages
Published: 12/10/2023
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Viewing the history of art through the prism of fifteen key cities rather than already-established artistic figures, Campbell's groundbreaking work envisages a radically new chronicle full of unexpected connections.

The Power of Art is an epic work of non-fiction that will transform our understanding of the world by unlocking the human stories behind millennia of art. Taking readers from ancient Babylon to contemporary Pyongyang, the eminent curator Caroline Campbell explains art's power to illuminate our lives, and inspires us to benefit from its transformative and regenerative power.

Unlike the majority of art history, this book is about much more than the cult of personality. Instead, each chapter is structured around a city at a particularly vibrant moment in its history, describing what propelled its creativity and innovation. The emotions and societies she evokes are recognisable today, showing how great art resonates powerfully by transcending the boundaries of time.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349128481
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 882 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 50 mm


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A formidable work of synthesis ... Each of [Campbell's] case studies, however, is taut in its telling and rich in detail ... lovers of historical facts will be in clover ... In the author's persuasive telling, the world as we know it is not the creation of great men and their battles, but of an infinite number of artists and craftsmen - Michael Prodger, Country Life

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