Art history can be difficult to sum up in brief, easily understood texts, and yet this chunky little volume proves that it can done. Taking stock of five centuries of innovation and scandal, the 50 chronologically arranged masterpieces here are accompanied by a full-page reproduction of each one, with an article that puts it in the context of the world in which it was created. A glossary is included as well as insets with additional information about pivotal individuals like Charles Baudelaire and Marcel Duchamp, while the artists include Giotto, Michelangelo, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Ingres, Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse, Picasso, Klimt, Mondrian, Kahlo, Magritte, Bacon, and Warhol.
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